What will the new third party chats feature of WhatsApp be useful for?

A report described the feature / file photo
A report described the feature / file photo

WhatsApp is soon going to add a feature that users have never imagined before.

The Meta-owned messaging app is testing a third-party chat option to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act.

This is a feature of WhatsApp through which users will be able to chat with friends on other messaging apps like Telegram and Signal etc.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, this feature has been hinted at in the new beta version of WhatsApp for iOS devices.

WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the most popular messaging platforms in Europe, but a new European law requires technology companies to enable chat portability.

Along with WhatsApp, Meta is also working on introducing cross-platform messaging features in Facebook Messenger.

It should be noted that under the Digital Markets Act, major technology companies such as Amazon, Meta, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet have been given a deadline of April 2024 to implement the new rules.

The feature will be available on WhatsApp's home feed / Photo courtesy of WABetaInfo
The feature will be available on WhatsApp’s home feed / Photo courtesy of WABetaInfo

That is, this new feature in WhatsApp is likely to be introduced by April 2024.

Under this new act, messaging services will have to ensure the feature of cross-platform messaging.

As mentioned above, this will make it possible to chat with users of other apps while in WhatsApp.

For example, if you are using the Signal app, you will be able to send a message to a WhatsApp user without even needing a WhatsApp account.

Similarly, one can chat with a friend using Telegram or Signal while in WhatsApp and there is no need for accounts of these apps.

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