The platform of the instant messaging software owned by Meta is constantly being expanded. The instant messaging software recently began testing a new conversation lock feature that enables users to lock specific chats and offers more time choices for vanishing messages, among other things. WhatsApp is currently developing a new Channels feature.
WhatsApp has reportedly started testing Channels on the app, according to WABetaInfo. For the Android 22.214.171.124 update, WhatsApp beta is currently receiving the new feature. Currently in beta testing, the feature is being evaluated by a small group of beta users. Prior to rolling it out formally, WhatsApp will in the coming days expand it to more beta users.
The function will be a tool “for broadcasting information, allowing users to easily receive useful updates from other people they want to get updates from.” The Status page, which will also be renamed to Updates with the update, will now include a separate and optional feature for users called Channels. There will also be some visual modifications to the renamed Updates tab.
Channels will provide some level of privacy because they will conceal user information and phone numbers. However, end-to-end encryption won’t be used for messages sent over channels. Additionally, channels will support handles, enabling users to search for a specific WhatsApp channel by entering the handle’s information.
“Since this is a supplemental feature to private messaging, it is optional,” People always have control over which channels they want to subscribe to, and it does not switch to a public social network; additionally, no one else will be able to see whom they follow, regardless of whether they have joined them as contacts or not, according to the WaBetaInfo.