Latest WhatsApp Update Touts Instagram and Facebook Video Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp for iOS has been updated to support inline Instagram and Facebook video playback, according to the messaging platform's latest release notes.

    YouTube videos have been playable for some time in WhatsApp, which also offers a Picture-in-Picture mode for continuing to watch while switching between chat threads. However, clicking on an Instagram or Facebook video link kicks users out of the app and into the respective hosting platform.

    The WhatsApp changelog for version 2.18.51 indicates support for Facebook and Instagram videos has now been greenlighted by the developers, although our tests suggest the feature is still being rolled out.

    The group administrator functions have also been tweaked in the latest version of the app, so that group admins can now revoke admin rights from other participants. To remove an admin, select the user in "Group Info" and select "Dismiss As Admin".

    In addition, group admins can now choose who can change a group's subject, icon, and description. These options can also be found in Group Info under the "Group Settings" section.

    At the recent Facebook F8 developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed WhatsApp will soon support group video calling, although he offered no timeline for the feature's introduction. The messaging platform is also set to support stickers "soon", including third-party ones made by developers.

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  2. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    Why do I got a feeling people are going to annoy me with this update
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I read this as less secure, knowing Facebook.....or isn't it.
  4. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    A new way of connecting the two databases together.
  5. confirmed, May 7, 2018
    Last edited: May 7, 2018

    confirmed macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2001
    New York, NY
    I suspect this has something to do with why Jan Koum recently left. While your WhatsApp chats remain encrypted, this sort of use would be treated as browsing history, which is likely open for WhatsApp to use. They’ll be able to use this data to begin to build a profile of your interests as a precursor to showing ads within WhatsApp.

    See this note from Barclays on Jan Koum’s departure.
  6. mujtaba.mir macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2014
    If only people knew how good telegram is, if only :|
  7. 0008652, May 7, 2018
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    0008652 Suspended

    Feb 23, 2010
    I am sorry but it is not. It is more or less the same. No encryption by default and when it is encrypted (secret chat) the encryption method is dubious. Take into account the metadata collection and not fully open-source nature and you get a messenger that is almost identical to WhatsApp. I have to say that the client is responsive and offers nice features though. WhatsApp on the other hand is encrypted by default, but closed-source and the metadata is sent to Facebook.

    If you want something that protects your privacy you can simply use Signal, Wire (a tiny bit more metadata collection), (with your own server)/XMPP, Briar/Ricochet/Tox, et cetera. Signal currently being the one with the most users.
  8. mujtaba.mir macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2014
    I meant Telegram is better when you look at the way you access it from your desktops, and doesn't rely on your phone mirroring it to the browser. Plus, as you said it is very responsive.

    For privacy, I think Threema is the best option out there.

    Thanks for the list though.
  9. 0008652, May 7, 2018
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    0008652 Suspended

    Feb 23, 2010
    I really like Threema. Unfortunately, it is not open-source. I believe they built a great messenger and I understand that they need funding. However, a true privacy-oriented messenger needs to be open-source.
  10. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Just the fact that Telegram is not owned by a data-collecting mega-corporation makes it that much better. Especially Facebook and Google.

    That being said, open source community have to understand for something to be popular and successful it has to build a standard. Its no use that everyone build his own "fork" of software. The point of IM is communication and if everyone is going to build his own secure IM then it defies the purpose.
  11. Sven11 Suspended

    Sep 25, 2010
    Yeah, I strongly recommend Signal as well. It's not just safe and private, it's also fast, reliable and easy to use.
    --- Post Merged, May 7, 2018 ---
    Its founder is the same guy who founded VKontakte (Russia's version of Facebook) though.
  12. arcturuz macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    updated and my whatsapp notification no longer hides the sender's details on iphone x which used to be only revealed only when i look at the phone using face id.

    anyone having this same issue?

    it sucks man, i prefer the older notification with more privacy.

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