WhatsApp, now owned by Meta, is getting ready to introduce cross-platform messaging. This means users will be able to chat with people using apps like Telegram or Signal.
To make this happen, WhatsApp has been working on a way to merge different messaging platforms while keeping chats secure with end-to-end encryption.
This move is partly because of new laws in the EU that require Meta to open up WhatsApp within six months.
At first, WhatsApp will focus on basic features like sending texts, images, videos, voice messages, and files. More advanced features like calls and group chats will come later.
To avoid spam and scams, users will have to choose to enable cross-platform messaging.
If they do, they’ll see messages from other platforms in a separate section within WhatsApp.
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Other messaging apps that want to connect with WhatsApp will have to agree to Meta’s terms.
More detailed plans on how this will work are expected to be announced in March.
The goal is to make it easy for users to chat no matter which messaging app they prefer.
While there are challenges with security and technology, WhatsApp is getting ready to make cross-platform messaging a reality.