WhatsApp prepares ‘Newsletter’ to disseminate information

WhatsApp prepares ‘Newsletter’ to disseminate information

WhatsApp is rolling out a feature in a new Android beta update that will enable the dissemination of newsletters or ‘Newsletter’These newsletters can be used to send information and announcements to an unlimited number of users in a secure and private way, with the users choosing the newsletters they wish to receive updates from.

The instant messaging platform rolled out in August last year its feature. Communitiesa feature that improves the organization and transmission of information by bringing together in the same space the conversation groups that revolve around thematic and social issues. interests common.

Now, WhatsApp continues to incorporate new tools that improve the communication of information in a direct way. To this end, it has introduced the broadcasting of ‘Newsletter’ or newsletters in the latest Android Beta update, as verified by WaBetaInfo.

Name in process

Although the actual name of the function has not been discovered, so ‘Newsletter’ is a codename, defines the purpose of this tool. It is a function focused on the transmission of information from one to many so that users can receive useful updates from people and groups of interest to them. In this sense, it is the users who choose from whom they wish to receive newsletters directly from WhatsApp.

A novelty of this tool is that it will make it possible to reach an indefinite number of people. However, this implies that the information transmitted through this channel is not protected by end-to-end encryption as it is a unidirectional transmission, as explained in WaBetaInfo.

However, it remains a secure and private informational method as the phone number and data of users who subscribe to a newsletter will be kept hidden. Likewise, the creators of these newsletters will not be able to see which users join, nor will the data of the person who created the newsletter be displayed. This is regardless of whether these users are on the contact list.

On the other hand, as shown in the code of the update, the newsletters will be located in a completely separate section from the private chats, located within the Status tab. In this way, they will be a personal space where users will decide which newsletters to follow and when to view the information. Likewise, content will always be displayed chronologically as information is received.

Easy search

Likewise, this new feature will include identifiers, so that users can find the ‘Newsletter’ you wish to join by searching for it with a username directly on the platform.

This new dissemination tool gains advantages over features such as Communities, since, although it is useful when organizing groups, the limitation of ten group chats of up to 512 participants each does not allow information to reach more users. In addition, in Communities the telephone numbers of participating members are not kept hidden.

The function of ‘Newsletter’ function is still in the early stages of development, so it is not available at the moment and more details will be revealed in the next updates of WhatsApp through the Google Play Beta Program (Europa Press).

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Kayleigh Williams