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WhatsApp Allowing Users to Send Over 30 Audio Files at Once

Currently, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app WhatsApp has introduced its “audio picker” with a new user interface (UI), allowing users to choose a total of 30 audio files to send at once.

“WhatsApp has recently enabled the new ‘audio picker’ with the possibility to play the audio before sending it and to select more audio files to send,” WABetaInfo reported earlier this week.

Previously, users were only allowed to send one audio file at a time on a WhatsApp chat thread.

The new feature comes as part of the 2.19.89 beta update of the instant messaging app.

Lately, WhatsApp has been testing and introducing a plethora of new features on its platform, especially concerning app support on more devices and checking the spread of misinformation on its app.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

The app is already working on the much-awaited iPad support that is being tested with features including Touch ID support, split-screen and landscape mode.

In addition, to minimise the spread of fake news on its platform, WhatsApp is testing the “Forwarding Info” and “Frequently Forwarded Message” feature that would let its over 1.5 billion users know how many times a message has been forwarded, which could raise questions on its authenticity.

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A message is “Frequently Forwarded” when it has been forwarded more than four times.

Currently, WhatsApp has limited the forwards to a maximum of five in India. (IANS)

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WhatsApp to Take Legal Action Against Businesses Engaged in Abusing Bulk Messaging

"We will continue to provide capabilities to help businesses communicate with their customers," said WhatsApp

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

WhatsApp will take legal action against businesses engaged in or assisting others in abusing automated or bulk messaging on its platform.

The company has built two tools — the WhatsApp Business app and the WhatsApp Business API — to help companies manage customer interactions.

The company said that its products are not intended for bulk or automated messaging, both of which have always been a violation of its terms of service.

“WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse that violates our terms of service, such as automated or bulk messaging, or non-personal use, even if that determination is based on information solely available to us off our platform,” the Facebook-owned platform said in a statement.

For example, off-platform information includes public claims from companies about their ability to use WhatsApp in ways that violate its terms.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

“This serves as notice that we will take legal action against companies for which we only have off-platform evidence of abuse if that abuse continues beyond December 7, 2019, or if those companies are linked to on-platform evidence of abuse before that date,” said WhatsApp.

The platform, on an average, bans over two million accounts per month for bulk or automated behaviour and over 75 per cent of those accounts did not have any recent user reports.

An account that registered five minutes before attempting to send 100 messages in 15 seconds is almost certain to be engaged in abuse, as is an account that attempts to quickly create dozens of groups or add thousands of users to a series of existing groups.

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“Using the on-platform information available within WhatsApp, we’ve found and stopped millions of abusive accounts from operating on our service,” it said.

In addition to technological enforcement, said WhatsApp, it also takes legal action against individuals or companies that it links to on-platform evidence of such abuse.

“We will continue to provide capabilities to help businesses communicate with their customers,” said WhatsApp. (IANS)