The new feature will allow web users to open an image or a video without opening third-party applications or pages.
WhatsApp to release a Dark Mode and tons of other features in 2019.
"In January of last year, we launched the WhatsApp Business app, and now there are more than five million businesses using it to support customers, grow their businesses and serve their communities all over the world," WhatsApp said in a blogpost.
"Google, with a buzz score of 57.2 tops the charts, followed by Whatsapp and YouTube, with 55.7 and 52.9 points, respectively in the 2018," England-based online market research and data analytics firm YouGov said.
Unlike other countries such as Australia, the proposed regulations in India are harsher, and could be used to stifle political, religious, sexual and intellectual views.
The 'Private Reply' feature, as the name suggests, allows a user to respond to a particular user's message in a group privately without letting other members of the group know.
A new update would allow WhatsApp to use your fingerprint credentials stored in the phone with your consent if the app cannot detect your fingerprint
The first phase of the campaign was kickstarted ahead of the recent state elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Prfadesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana, and will continue till January 10
The feature is expected to bring a huge relief to millions of users globally, who had to rely on third-party applications for securing their WhatsApp account.
One of the most popular apps across the world, WhatsApp is expected to release new features this year
Users will be able to use their existing WhatsApp accounts on these phones, but some features may soon stop functioning
They have been accused of being a carrier of hate messages and fake news that incited mob violence. And, now they stare at the prospects of stricter government rules, greater accountability and regulatory scrutiny.
Most users are sharply reactive, socially awkward and unmindful of the little sensitivities seen in real society. Then, social media itself is young, just reaching adolescence, and on these platforms it seems harder to tell right from wrong.
WhatsApp, which has over 200 million daily users in India, has launched advertisements, workshops and campaigns to create awareness on this subject
The company will reportedly first focus on the remittances market in India, where it has over 200 million users.
India already has close to 900 million eligible voters, and an estimated half-a-billion have access to the Internet.
Google recently launched the shopping tab on its search engine and Facebook's Instagram will soon bring the shopping feature in India, which is already functional in 46 countries, a company spokesperson told the paper.
RBI's move comes after the American messaging application raised concerns over the delay in approving its proposed payment business
The government has requested the popular instant messaging platform to introduce a feature seeking consent of users before adding them to any of the groups
However, it was not immediately clear if the meeting resulted in any firm commitment from WhatsApp's side.
Terming child pornography as "vile", WhatsApp said it also responds to valid legal requests from law enforcement to investigate these types of crimes.
WhatsApp has been working to curb the circulation of what technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed "sinister" content in India.
WhatsApp, in a statement, said it has conducted extensive research with users in India and then developed three ad films that are based on a real user's experience.
The development comes at a time when competitors such as Google have forged ahead with their payments offerings
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