WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Depart from Facebook

Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce

See, before today, if you shared a video from Instagram or Facebook on WhatsApp with another user, they would be forced to leave the app to view the content you shared.

The app update also features new group administrator functions - if you're the group admin of a group, you can now revoke rights from other participants by simply selecting the user in "Group Info" and then selecting "Dismiss As Admin". For users to enjoy the new update, they will need to update their app to Android version 2.18.138. The ability to watch YouTube videos within WhatsApp was launched sometime back, and WhatsApp is now including the same functionality to watch Facebook and Instagram videos. Well now, with the latest update, WhatsApp has extended the Picture-in-Picture mode integration for Facebook and Instagram as well.

Earlier this week, speculation surrounding the chat app grew after WhatsApp founder Jan Koum left Facebook. Without making any big announcement, the photo-sharing platform added an in-app payments feature for a few accounts. Remaining logged into the app to complete the transaction is likely to make the new application more user-friendly as it contributes significantly toward operational convenience. She noted that WhatsApp users already clocked over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls, indicating the popularity of the feature.

WhatsApp with a user base of 1.5 billion active users is rolling out many new features.

WhatsApp is always striving to become a complete messaging app, adopting the latest technology into its groundbreaking features. After this, the video will start playing in chat itself.

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After the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, Facebook has pledged to change how it handles private data.

The idea behind introducing in-app payments feature is to merge with Instagram's "Shoppable Tags", a native integration that makes it easy to tag and shop products directly from your Instagram posts. Also, the 2D photos could be turned into VR memories.

Reportedly, with Koum's exit, Facebook is planning to aggressively promote ads on WhatsApp.

During the F8 conference, Facebook also talked about a new Clear History feature.

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