The founder and CEO of the technology company Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced that reactions to messages feature on WhatsApp are now available to users. “Reactions on WhatsApp start working today,” the manager wrote on his personal Facebook account, followed by a series of emoticons that could be the first available in the messaging application.
The app also allows uploading files of up to 2 GB of memory in the latest version of the platform. Another novelty is the release of voice calls with up to 32 people, instead of just eight, simultaneously.
WhatsApp also posted how to use the Reactions feature in its FAQ:
- Long press on a message.
- Tap to select one of the displayed emoji.
In April, WhatsApp announced the creation of the so-called “communities”, a new way to organize groups, which will be able to receive up to 512 people, double the current limit, and will allow organization into subgroups. They will also have new advanced options for administrators, such as sending warnings to all participants and the possibility of deleting inappropriate messages from all members.
“We are taking the first steps towards Communities in WhatsApp, but we will continue to create new functions to support them during the next year”, confirmed from the company.
- You can only add one reaction per message;
- Reactions to disappearing messages will disappear when the message disappears;
- It’s not possible to hide reactions or reaction counts;
- Recipients might see your reaction before you remove it or if removing it wasn’t successful. You won’t be notified if removing a reaction wasn’t successful.
WhatsApp has been working for months on the implementation of reactions to messages since it has been adding new features in its different beta versions for both iOS and Android. It was last November when WABetaInfo reported that the social network planned to launch the possibility of reacting to messages with a series of emoticons that would be indicated below the texts, as well as the images and videos received.
Specifically, WhatsApp began to implement reactions to messages in the beta version for Android 220.127.116.11, where it was noted that the emoji that would initially arrive in the official version would be ‘Like’, ‘I love’, ‘Smiling’, ‘ Surprised’, ‘Sad’ and ‘Thank you.
Some of the latest developments related to WhatsApp reactions point to the introduction of a new button after the existing options, which beta testers have already been able to access, which suggests that the user will be able to react to messages using an emoji other than those mentioned above.