WhatsApp channel finally featured in India: how it works

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WhatsApp channel finally featured in India: how it works (Image: pixabay.com)
WhatsApp channel finally featured in India: how it works (Image: pixabay.com)

Delhi : In India and more than 150 other countries, WhatsApp's brand-new broadcast function known as Channels is now available. Similar to Instagram's Broadcast channel function, Meta's WhatsApp now lets users communicate with their contacts through one-way channels, making it easier to send messages to big groups of people.

The independence of Channels from ordinary conversations, as emphasized by WhatsApp, ensures that users' identities are kept secret from other users who choose to follow them. Using channels, administrators may broadcast in a single direction while maintaining the anonymity of both themselves and their followers. This includes sharing text, pictures, videos, stickers, and polls.

"We're thrilled to announce that WhatsApp Channels will soon be available in India and more than 150 other countries. According to WhatsApp, WhatsApp Channels are a one-way broadcast mechanism that offer a private method to get information from the people and organizations who matter to you directly within WhatsApp. Channels will get their own tab on WhatsApp.

The new Channels feature for WhatsApp is being unveiled in a separate page named "Updates." Users may access their Status updates and the channels they select from this location, keeping their discussions with family, friends, and communities distinct. Users can also access channels by clicking on invitation links sent in emails, chats, or online postings. The company adds that in addition to expanding the service internationally, it is also updating Channels in order to improve their use and user interface.

Improved Directory: Users may now find channels by searching the automatically filtered directory by country. Users may also explore channels depending on their popularity, newness, or amount of activity.

Recting: Emoji may be used by users to communicate their reactions to updates in WhatsApp Channels, much like they can on Instagram broadcast channels. The overall number of reactions will be shown, but followers won't be able to see the admin's individual reactions.

Editing: Before they are immediately erased from WhatsApp's servers, admins will soon be able to amend their updates for up to 30 days.

Easy to forward: When an administrator sends an update to a group or chat, they must include a link back to the channel so that users may access it.

In the meanwhile, WhatsApp will only save channel history on its servers for a maximum of 30 days in order to limit the buildup of messages in channels. The corporation is also putting mechanisms in place to hasten the rate at which updates vanish from followers' devices. Administrators will also have the option to limit who may forward and take screenshots inside their channels.

Additionally, WhatsApp allows administrators to decide whether they want their channel to be shown in the directory and who may follow it. It's vital to remember that channels are not end-to-end encrypted by default. This is so because a channel's main objective is to reach a large audience.