WhatsApp is working on interoperability with other platforms so that its users can communicate with others on third-party platforms, such as Signal and Telegram, without the need for them to have a Meta account; a part that responds to the obligations imposed by the Digital Markets Act (DMA).
The Law on Digital Markets establishes new rules for technology companies – among them, Meta, Apple and Google – considered controllers or ‘gatekeepers’ of the market, where they need a series of obligations and restrictions that guarantee fair market competition. digital sector.
Therefore, the function currently working on WhatsApp, responds to one of the duties imposed by the European DMA, which obliges these companies to be able to communicate between different platforms, as WaBetaInfo recalls.
This special portal has already discovered that the messaging service created by Meta has introduced a new tab called ‘Third-party chats’ in the latest beta update of WhatsApp for Android 184.108.40.206, which is available on Google Play.
Thanks to this interoperability, users of platforms other than those developed by Meta, such as Signal or Telegram, will be able to contact WhatsApp users without having to download the application and without having to have an account for in this application.
WaBetaInfo reminds that Meta must allow the rest of the messaging applications to be compatible with its service before March 2024, the deadline for these companies to catch up with the obligations provided by the said regulation.
It should be noted that if the deadline is not met, Europe can fine WhatsApp 10 percent of the global business volume and up to 20 percent in case of repeated violations.