WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging platform owned by Meta, is reportedly working on a new tool called ‘channels’ that would allow users to broadcast information to multiple recipients. According to WhatsApp news tracker WABetaInfo, the feature is being developed for both iOS and Android.
What are Whatapp ‘Channels’? Channels are a new ‘one-to-many’ tool that will enable users to send messages to multiple recipients. The website describes them as a ‘private tool’ where phone numbers and user information will be kept hidden. While the messages received in channels will not be end-to-end encrypted, private messaging will continue to be end-to-end encrypted.
Features of ‘Channels’ Here are some of the expected features of ‘Channels’:
Controlled Subscriptions: Users will have complete control over which channels they subscribe to, and no one will be able to see the channels a user follows.
No Auto-Subscription: Users will not be automatically subscribed to channels.
Handle Support: Users will be able to search for specific channels by entering their username.
Updates Tab: The Status tab will be renamed to ‘Updates’ as channels will also be listed within this section of the app.
Availability of ‘Channels’ The feature is currently under development and will be released in a future update of the instant messaging service.
Conclusion WhatsApp’s ‘Channels’ feature is a welcome addition that will give users more control over their messaging experience. With the ability to subscribe to channels of their choice and search for specific channels using handles, users can expect a more personalized experience. However, it is important to note that messages received in channels will not be end-to-end encrypted, and users should exercise caution when sharing sensitive information.