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The F8 2018 was majorly focused on CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote which was dedicated to privacy and also the tools to improve data security. The CEO of Facebook has also laid stress on the importance of creating new products which are said to increase user engagement and also bring the users closer.
As per some sources from the web, Zuckerberg has also tempered the privacy-related sections of his keynote along with some news about the fun features which would be available for Facebook and also some other apps and services which are owned by the social media giant. Facebook has also released some new and interactive features for WhatsApp, among other apps.
Following are the Facebook F8 announcements made for WhatsApp
Mark Zuckerberg also mentioned that WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced his exit amid the concerns over encryption and privacy. However Zuckerberg then quickly moved over to the features that will be released for the WhatsApp app and service.
Group Video Calling
The major change in the WhatsApp app is the newly introduced WhatsApp group video chat, which is a highly anticipated feature that is being rolled out by the company. After the launch of group video chat, users will be able to make calls to more than one contact over the video simultaneously. This feature is said to make some of those Good Morning messages more intolerable.
It is being reported that WhatsApp will now be receiving stickers which is somewhat similar to Line and WeChat. Facebook had earlier said that it will be inviting developers to make stickers for the WhatsApp which is said to likely bring more variety for the users to choose from along with seasonal and event-related stickers. The emojis will still be there and will not be removed after the introduction of stickers.
Third-Party Integration for Stories
Zuckerberg also admitted to the fact that its Stories were performing better on WhatsApp rather than in Instagram, Messenger or Facebook. Further, in order to push Stories engagement a step ahead, Facebook has also announced a partnership with a number of third-party services.
Also, users will now be able to share the song that is being played from Spotify, Saavn, and similar streaming apps to their stories. This is said to add a deep link to the stories, and contracts that can directly open up the song being played on a user's phone. This seems to be a major addition and improvement to the current Stories Feature. Also, a user will be able to share clips from GoPro cameras directly as stories.