WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that allows users to share the direct link of a video call.
The update called Call Link will now appear at the top of the Call tab at the top of the list. Tapping the button will create an audio or video call, as Meta—WhatsApp’s parent company—is now catching up with Google Meet and Zoom, and Apple’s FaceTime.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature in a Facebook post, where he said video calling now supports up to 32 people. WhatsApp can currently only allow calls of up to eight people.
Many video calling competitors have limitations on their calling capabilities, such as being able to take calls only for a limited amount of time. WhatsApp has yet to indicate whether it will impose any restrictions on calls, which could make it a more attractive option for the platform with its billion-strong user base.
This new update comes a month after WhatsApp rolled out new privacy features: blocking screenshots of messages that are set to ‘view once’ mode – meaning they disappear after being sent; manage who can see the user when they are online; and silently leaves the group without sending an alert to everyone in the chat.
Meta is also reportedly bringing new paid features to Instagram and Facebook, which Mr Zuckerberg says will “help makers build the Metaverse”.
This includes monetizing Instagram reels and cross-posting them to Facebook.
Other platforms are also taking similar measures. Twitter has “Super Followers” which will allow people to lock their posts behind a paywall to be accessible only to paying followers.
TikTok has started testing its paid live subscription feature for creators, the short video company announced in May, while Snapchat has a premium version of its app with exclusive features called Snapchat Plus.
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