WhatsApp has revealed its plans to broaden the accessibility of its Channels feature, primarily designed for disseminating broadcast messages. The company has stated that Channels will become accessible to users across more than 150 nations in the coming weeks.
Mark Zuckerberg posted a message on his brand-new WhatsApp channel announcing the launch of the feature.
I’m thrilled to bring WhatsApp channels to you all as a new, private method to receive information from the individuals and organisations you follow. To communicate Meta news and updates, I’m launching this channel, he declared.
WhatsApp channels were originally made available to users in Singapore and Colombia in June, thanks to Meta. It added seven more nations to this functionality in July.
Others cannot view the channels you follow because the Channels function is located in a separate tab of the app. Additionally, neither administrators nor followers will be able to see personal information about your account, such as your phone number.
The fundamental function of a channel is still one-to-many communication via broadcast messages, but the firm is introducing other interactions, such as the capacity for emoji reactions.
WhatsApp will have a better directory to identify channels based on your country after its global debut. This list can be sorted by the newest, most active, and most well-liked items. A link back to the channel is included when users forward an update from a channel to a group or an individual.
WhatsApp is now offering admins the option to amend a message for up to 30 days. With a 15-minute timeframe, the chat app also allows you to edit messages sent to specific people or groups.
Notably, Meta continues to only allow particular people or groups to build channels. The business stated that it intends to eventually permit anyone to start a channel.
According to the firm, significant channel additions with the international launch include Olivia Rodrigo, David Guetta, Billboard, MLB, and, of course, Zuck. WhatsApp said there are now “thousands” of channels available, though it did not provide the precise number. WhatsApp also provides a separate channel for discussing the functions of the app.
In June, Meta globally launched the Channels feature on Instagram, which aims to establish a one-to-many communication channel between creators and fans.
WhatsApp has been experimenting with features suited for various group sizes over the past year. In order to simplify multigroup communication in settings like schools, flat complexes, or clubs, the company introduced Communities in November. WhatsApp introduced a feature last month that allows you to establish groups with a maximum of six members without giving them names.