WhatsApp has broadened the reach of its Channels feature, extending it to seven additional countries: Egypt, Chile, Malaysia, Morocco, Ukraine, Kenya, and Peru. This feature expansion was announced via a tweet.
Introduced a month prior in Singapore and Colombia, the Channels feature is designed to facilitate information sharing from NGOs, local authorities, medical research institutions, and fact-checking bodies. By extending this tool to seven more nations, WhatsApp continues to fulfill its promise of making this feature globally accessible within the year.
The Channels function enables one-way communication from administrators to channel members through the sharing of text, photos, and videos. Accessible under a new ‘Updates‘ tab, Channels allows users to connect with and follow both global and local organizations, enhancing their reach and information dissemination capabilities.
This move by WhatsApp indicates the platform’s commitment to improving global communication and ensuring users have access to reliable information. By expanding the Channels feature, the app enhances its position as an essential tool for information dissemination, particularly in countries where traditional media may be less accessible or controlled. It’s a clear step towards improving information access and combating misinformation, making WhatsApp more than just a messaging app.