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WhatsApp Launches Cross-Messaging Between Platforms: What to Expect

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WhatsApp Launches Cross-Messaging Between Platforms What to Expect

WhatsApp is set to introduce cross-messaging capabilities, allowing users to send messages to individuals on other platforms such as Signal, Telegram, and more.

This development is in response to EU regulations that require Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, to open up its messaging platform by March.

Similar regulations have prompted Apple to allow App Store alternatives in Europe.

While the specifics of how this interconnected system will function have been shrouded in mystery, recent leaks from WhatsApp beta versions have provided some insights.

In an interview with Wired, Dick Brouwer, a WhatsApp engineering director, shed light on how WhatsApp users might be able to communicate with users on other encrypted messaging apps.

According to Brouwer, the system will require users to opt in to cross-app messaging, as it will not be enabled by default.

Additionally, WhatsApp chats and third-party app chats will be kept separate, with third-party conversations placed in a separate “third-party chats” inbox.

This separation is due to WhatsApp’s commitment to maintaining its high level of privacy and security, as it cannot guarantee that other services meet the same standards.

However, there are potential challenges that may arise with this new feature. For a third-party service to be compatible with WhatsApp and Messenger apps, the company behind it will need to sign an agreement with Meta, outlining specific terms and conditions.

While the details of this agreement are yet to be disclosed, some messaging services may be hesitant to be bound by Meta’s terms, even if they are agreeable.

However, it is important to note that certain steps and agreements will be necessary to ensure a seamless experience across platforms.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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