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WhatsApp to soon allow more than 4 people in group call, may take aim at Zoom, other video call apps

WhatsApp is all set to implement a much-needed feature that would allow more than four people to join a video call. Is the Facebook-owned company ready to compete with Zoom?

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: April 17, 2020  | 10:15 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp will finally extend the limit of participants in a group call.
  • Currently, WhatsApp allows only four people at a time to participate in a group video call.
  • The new group call limit is not known yet as the feature is still under development.

WhatsApp is all set to implement the much-needed feature that would allow more than four people to join a video call. Owing to the growing popularity of video calling apps in the times of coronavirus, WhatsApp too is planning to jump into the arena and give a close fight to the popular apps. Currently, WhatsApp allows only four people at a time to participate in a group video call.

As per WABetainfo, WhatsApp will finally extend the limit of participants in a group call. The report also stated that the new group call limit is not known yet as the feature is still under development. WhatsApp wants to ensure that it is bug-free before it officially rolls out the group call feature for all users.
The feature was spotted by WAbetainfon in WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS 2.20.50.23.

In order to get the new feature, WhatsApp would want its users to update to the latest version of the app. It will not be available in the older versions of the messaging app.

With the entire world under lockdown due to COVID-19, the video-calling apps are in great demand. This is what made the Silicon Valley startup Zoom, the most sought after video calling platform in a just matter of a month. However, due to innumerable security vulnerabilities found in the app, several tech companies and governments across the world had banned their employees from using the app. The Indian government too raised issues over Zoom's flawed security policies and called the app "unsafe".

"Many organizations have allowed their staff to work from home to stop the spread of coronavirus disease. Online communication platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Teams for Education, Slack, Cisco WebEx etc are being used for remote meetings and webinars. Insecure usage of the platform may allow cyber criminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations," the advisory issued by the Home Ministry read.

However, WhatsApp too is no saint when it comes to security breaches. As much as twelve security vulnerabilities were discovered in the app a few months ago. The Facebook-owned messaging app assured the users that it has fixed the flaws in the latest update of the app. With people giving Zoom a miss now, will WhatsApp video calling feature carve a place out for itself? That is something only time can tell once the feature is officially rolled out.

For now, people also have Microsoft Teams, Skype, Hangouts and Apple's FaceTime to use if they are not comfortable in sharing information with Zoom

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