WhatsApp to get ads in Status: 13 new features coming soon to the app
WhatsApp has been testing and developing a number of features in its beta channel including the Dark Mode, in-app browsing, a reverse image search, group privacy settings, frequently forwarded message restriction to name some. It has also been confirmed that Status, which is the Stories equivalent on WhatsApp will get ads in 2020. While most of these features are under development, some of them are enabled in the beta program.
WhatsApp ads on Status
Facebook has announced that it will be bringing ads to the WhatsApp by 2020. The WhatsApp stories will have ads just like Instagram Stories. Details of this were spotted on Twitter from Facebook Marketing Summit at the Rotterdam showcasing how ads will appear on WhatsApp in the Status feature.
Last year, WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels confirmed that advertisements will be coming to the Status feature, pointing out that it will be the primary monetisation mode for the messaging platform.
Once activated, WhatsApp users will be able to control who gets to add them to a group. The app will have three options to select for who is allowed to add them to a group– “Nobody”, “My Contacts”, and “Everyone”. Group admins will be prompted to send an invitation link to add users who have enabled group privacy settings.
Frequently forwarded message info
The 2.19.80 beta version of the WhatsApp was working on “forwarding info” feature to inform how many times a message has been forwarded. A message which has been forwarded too many times will have a “frequently forwarded message” tag. These features are now enabled in the 2.19.86 beta update and yet to be implemented in the stable version.
Group admins can restrict frequently forwarded messages
WhatsApp is currently developing the “frequently forwarded message” restriction feature in the 2.19.97 beta update. It will allow the group admins to restrict a message which has the frequently forwarded tag. WAbetainfo reported that the feature has not been enabled in the beta version and it is in the developing phase.
Once the feature is activated, the group admins will see “Frequently forwarded messages” option in the group settings. In the settings, the admin will be asked to “Choose to allow participants to send frequently forwarded messages to this group” with “Allow” and “Don’t allow” options…….Read more>>>