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WhatsApp Copies Telegram to Add One-way ‘Broadcast’ Mode to Group Chats

When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat, the Facebook-owned company added

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WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report. Pixabay

Aiming to take on encrypted messaging platform Telegram, WhatsApp has released a new feature for its groups which is essentially a “one-way broadcast” communication stream.

“Today, we’re launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group. One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centres, and non-profit organisations,” the Facebook-owned company wrote in a blog post late on Friday.

To enable this new feature, users have to open “Group Info,” and select “Only Admins”.

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The company is rolling out the feature to all users around the world, who are on the latest supported versions of the app.

Another new feature that is being rolled out is group description which is essentially a short blurb found under group information that allows users to set the purpose, guidelines or topics for the group.

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When a new person joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat, the Facebook-owned company added.

Meanwhile, a “protection” feature has also been introduced, so that users cannot be repeatedly added to groups they have already left.

These features are currently available for Android and iPhone devices. (IANS)

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After Launch of Facebook Pay in US, Will WhatsApp Pay Arrive in India?

Facebook is inching closer to launch WhatsApp Pay in India and will soon have positive news to share, the social networking platform's CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on October 30

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Currently, Facebook Pay can be used for fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments on Messenger and purchases from select Pages and businesses on Facebook Marketplace. Pixabay

Before WhatsApp Pay finally arrives in India, Facebook has launched its own payment system beginning with users in the US that will work across its app ecosystem — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Currently, Facebook Pay can be used for fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments on Messenger and purchases from select Pages and businesses on Facebook Marketplace. Facebook Pay supports most major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal.

This facility, however, is different from WhatsApp Pay which has exclusively being planned in India and is expected to be announced soon once the country’s regulatory demands are met.

The peer-to-peer, UPI-based WhatsApp Pay service will reach over 400 million users — especially the small and medium businesses (SMBs) — to boost digital inclusion in the country.

Facebook is inching closer to launch WhatsApp Pay in India and will soon have positive news to share, the social networking platform’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on October 30.

“We have our test going in India. The test really shows that a lot of people are going to want to use this product. We’re very optimistic that we’re going to be able to launch to everyone in India soon, but of course will share more news when we have that,” Zuckerberg told analysts over the earnings call.

“We differentiate between payment systems that are built on top of the existing financial infrastructure like what we’re trying to do with WhatsApp payments or when we make payments in Instagram Shopping, and our work with something like Libra that is trying to build some new technological infrastructure for financial services,” Zuckerberg elaborated.

However, the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have expressed concerns over some of WhatsApp’s features in complying with the regulations.

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Before WhatsApp Pay finally arrives in India, Facebook has launched its own payment system beginning with users in the US that will work across its app ecosystem — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Pixabay

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said if WhatsApp meets the regulatory norms from RBI and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), then it should be allowed to start digital payment operations in the country.

According to a report by Omidyar Network and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), nearly half of MSME owners with annual business revenue between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 75 crore would use WhatsApp Pay once it is fully rolled out.

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WhatsApp had earlier said it had built a local system to store payments-related data within the country but the RBI, in a later affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, said that WhatsApp Pay is yet to comply with its data localisation norms. (IANS)