WhatsApp Channels: Today, we launched WhatsApp Channels in India and will provide a private method for users to receive relevant updates. People will also be able to follow their preferred celebrities, sports teams, artists, creators, and thought leaders directly within WhatsApp.
Channels are a one-way broadcasting mechanism that administrators can use to send text, images, videos, stickers, and polls. Channels can be found in a new tab called Updates on WhatsApp, which is distinct from your chats with friends, family, and communities. Here, you’ll discover Status and channels you choose to follow.
Our partners are equally enthusiastic about establishing their WhatsApp Channels and communicating with their followers.
“I am delighted to collaborate with WhatsApp for the launch of WhatsApp Channels. This platform provides me with an exciting opportunity to connect with those who are interested in various aspects of my life, be it my work in the film industry or my ventures in the business world, all of which I am deeply passionate about. WhatsApp Channels serves as a personalized newsletter through which I can share insights and updates with my dedicated audience, fans, and all those who have consistently shown their support throughout my journey.” –Katrina Kaif
“WhatsApp Channels is something I’m personally excited about because now I have a place where I can share important updates about my life and express myself using all the things I love on WhatsApp, like videos, photos or polls, not just with people close to me but my larger extended community. Who knows the next time I’m performing at Coachella or go on tour, people on my WhatsApp Channel will be the first to know.” –Diljit Dosanjh
“I am launching my Channel on WhatsApp today. Excited to share some great sneak peeks, exclusive behind-the-scenes content with my boys and girls across the country. And the best part is that it’s as simple as sending a message.” –Vijay Deverakonda
As the country and Indians around the world prepare for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the Indian Cricket Team has also launched its WhatsApp Channel.
“The Indian Cricket Team is thrilled to partner with WhatsApp on the launch of Channels. We kick-off our partnership with WhatsApp with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 which is set to begin in October. We will leverage Channels to generate excitement and support as India gets ready to host the marquee event after a decade-long wait. With WhatsApp Channels, fans will be aware of important and accurate information and news around match schedules, timings, scorecards etc. Get on WhatsApp channels and never miss out on updates from on and off the field.” –BCCI
Key Features That Will Assist You in Beginning WhatsApp Channels
- Enhanced Directory: You can discover channels to follow that are automatically filtered based on your country in the Enhanced Directory. You can also observe new, active, and popular channels based on their number of subscribers.
- Reactions: You can provide feedback using emoticons and view the total number of reactions. Followers will not see how you respond.
- Forwarding:When you forward an Update to conversations or groups, it will contain a link back to the channel so that recipients can learn more.
They’ve Created Channels With Privacy Considered
Our objective is to create the most private broadcasting service possible. This begins with protecting the personal data of both administrators and followers. Following a channel will not disclose your phone number to the channel’s administrator or other followers. Who you choose to follow is a personal decision made in private.
We do not believe that Channel updates should be preserved indefinitely. Therefore, we will only store channel history for up to 30 days on our servers. Administrators will also have the option to prevent screenshots and channel forwards.
In addition, admins will be able to determine who can follow their channel and whether or not their channel will be discoverable in the directory.
Based on user feedback, we will continue to introduce additional features and expand Channels. In the future months, we will also enable anyone to create their own channel.
If you’re interested in receiving more product updates directly from us, we’ve also launched the official WhatsApp Channel to keep you informed about what we’re developing.