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WhatsApp to Enable Interoperability with Other Messaging Platforms

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WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, is gearing up to become interoperable with other messaging platforms. This change is in response to the implementation of the European Digital Markets Act. The interoperability will allow users to communicate with friends […]

WhatsApp planira interoperabilnost sa drugim platformama za razmjenu poruka

WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, is gearing up to become interoperable with other messaging platforms. This change is in response to the implementation of the European Digital Markets Act. The interoperability will allow users to communicate with friends who use different chat applications, such as Google Messages, iMessage, Signal, Telegram, and of course, Viber.

This change will primarily enable the exchange of text messages, images, photos, voice messages, videos, and files across different platforms. However, achieving this interoperability is not solely dependent on WhatsApp. Other companies also need to join this effort, and there are concerns about data security when different applications are connected.

WhatsApp suggests using the same signal protocol for message encryption to address these security concerns. Additionally, Meta Platforms, the owner of WhatsApp, is open to applications that use alternative encryption protocols, provided they meet the security standards set by WhatsApp.

Furthermore, third-party service providers will need to sign an agreement with Meta before their applications and services can be connected to WhatsApp.

The Digital Markets Act, which introduces these changes, aims to stimulate competition among various digital platforms and services. The deadline for implementing these changes is March of this year. With this change, WhatsApp will join numerous other technological platforms that had to align their operations with European regulations.

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