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WhatsApp launches group calls of up to 32 participants, with the ability to silence contacts

WhatsApp has announced the launch of calls that can accommodate up to 32 participants and other news related to groups, such as the ability to send messages or mute these contacts during the audio and video conference.

Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced at the end of last September that the company had started testing this new video call format, at which time it also began testing call links.

With this new tool, the platform hoped to make it easier to start and join a call, voice, video or both, with a single tap on the screen, just like other services like Meets already do.

Now Meta has rolled out these features globally and has announced that it has introduced calls for up to 32 people, that is, four times the number previously allowed.

Platform users can mute participants during the call individually. Likewise, they will be able to send messages to them during these calls separately, through an individual chat.

Another novelty that this WhatsApp update integrates is the ability to create group call links, which can be shared with other contacts so that they can join a conversation with a single touch and without the need for the administrator to add them to said call. manually.

Finally, the company has explained that it has carried out “functional changes for a more fluid call experience”, among which are new colors for the sound waves in video calls or notifications through banners that announce that they have joined them. a new entrant.

He also recalled that the Picture in Picture system on iOS is now in beta testing — a floating window feature outside the app during video calls that WABetaInfo warned about a few days ago — and that it will be implemented in 2023.

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