WhatsApp Tests Third-Party Chat Management Feature in Latest Beta Release

WhatsApp Tests Third-Party Chat Management Feature in Latest Beta Release

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WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, is making strides towards enabling cross-platform communication, as evident from the latest features discovered in the Android beta update.

While the ability to send direct messages to users on other platforms like Telegram or Signal hasn’t been activated yet, WhatsApp is laying the groundwork for a future where this interaction is possible.

The latest beta release, version, unveils the company’s development of the “Third-Party Chat Management” feature.

Firstly, the feature allows users to completely disable third-party chat interoperability. This aligns with Article 7 of the European Union Digital Markets Act (DMA), which emphasizes user control over data sharing and communication preferences. This option enables users uninterested in cross-platform messaging to unsubscribe entirely.

Secondly, the feature provides precise control over third-party applications that can interact with WhatsApp. This enhances user independence and empowers them to organize their communication experience.

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Users can opt for integration only with trusted messaging services, customizing their level of interoperability. This selective management of access to third-party applications is particularly useful.

Users can avoid unwanted communications from unfamiliar platforms while maintaining connections with desired services.

Furthermore, disabling the service altogether provides a clear exit strategy for users who change their minds about cross-platform messaging.

Current third-party conversations will transition to read-only mode, meaning users cannot send or receive new messages within those conversations. However, these chats remain accessible within WhatsApp and can be deleted at the user’s discretion.

While the “Third-Party Chat Management” feature is currently under development, it paves the way for a more interconnected future for WhatsApp users. This development comes amidst the company’s efforts to comply with the EU’s DMA regulations and meet evolving user preferences in cross-platform communications.

With further details expected in future updates, this feature is poised to significantly impact how users interact and manage their messaging experience on WhatsApp.

Additionally, WhatsApp actively tests new features in the latest beta releases. One such feature under testing is the introduction of a passcode for locked conversations in the WhatsApp Web application, aiming to enhance privacy and security.

Furthermore, they are experimenting with a new design for the status tab in the latest beta release.


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