Meta, which owns the WhatsApp messenger, is preparing an app update for iOS and Android platforms. In the new version, it will be possible to leave a reaction to the message of the interlocutors. At this stage, the update is undergoing closed beta testing; but there is no information when it will appear in its stable version.
There has been a lot of talk about WhatsApp being able to respond to messages with emojis for a long time. But, developers could not decide how they would look. It seems that the issue has finally been resolved; and the screenshots of the test build show the finished look of the function. At the moment, the number of emoticons is 6, and there is no understanding of what action can be in use to call the panel with emoji to display the reaction to the message.
WhatsApp will be the last major messenger to have this feature. It was first implemented in iMessage, and then Facebook picked up the idea and offered reactions to messages on Facebook; and later on Instagram. At the end of last year, reactions to messages also appeared on Telegram.
EU Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, said in a statement: “WhatsApp must ensure that users understand what they have consented to and how their personal data is being used, for example in which places share this data with business partners. WhatsApp must make a concrete commitment to us by the end of February on how it will address our concerns.”
Last September, WhatsApp’s main regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), fined the company a record 225 million euros ($266 million) for not being transparent about sharing personal data.
Under EU consumer law, businesses must use clear and transparent contractual terms and commercial communications. Therefore, WhatsApp’s ambiguous approach violates EU consumer protection laws.