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With over 50 million Video Calling Minutes per day, India has become the Top Country for Video Calling via WhatsApp

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New Delhi, May 8, 2017: With over 50 million video calling minutes per day, India has become the top country for video calling via WhatsApp — a feature that was launched from India in November last year and rolled out globally to other countries.

According to the data provided by the Facebook-owned popular mobile messaging app on Monday, a total of over 340 million video calling minutes are being recorded per day globally and users are making over 55 million video calls per day.

WhatsApp currently has 200 million monthly active users in India.

In November last year, WhatsApp announced the rollout of the video calling feature, enabling more than 1.2 billion monthly active users globally to make video calls across Android, iPhone and Windows devices.

The global launch event was attended by Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp and Manpreet Singh, Product Lead, WhatsApp, in New Delhi.

“We are constantly working to improve WhatsApp and expanding the boundaries with focus on quality and we do not look at the competition,” Arora had told reporters.

WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.

With the video calling feature, WhatsApp is now competing with Microsoft-owned Skype and Google’s Duo.

“Video calling is one of the most requested features from people in India. We’re proud to have the opportunity to launch this feature in India and look forward to seeing people use WhatsApp to talk to their friends and loved ones face to face,” said Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder, WhatsApp.

WhatsApp started with messaging and Group Chat six years back and then added voice calling. (IANS)

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The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages

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WhatsApp has announced changes for its 200 million users in India following the spread of viral messages via the app that resulted in deadly mob attacks.

India’s government has threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying “…the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability.” The information technology ministry said, “If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018.
Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018. (VOA)

The Facebook-owned messaging app said it will limit Indian users’ ability to forward messages, allowing only five contacts at a time to receive them.

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

Also Read: Government Pressure: Whatsapp to Limit Message Forwarding In INDIA

Both moves are designed to make stop the mass forwards that have resulted in the mob attacks.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market. (VOA)