WhatsApp implementará la interoperabilidad con otras aplicaciones de mensajería
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WhatsApp to Implement Interoperability with Other Messaging Apps

WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform owned by Meta, will announce a major update starting in March that will allow its users to receive messages from other messaging apps while maintaining its characteristic end-to-end encryption. This change is in response to the requirements of the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, which aims to promote greater interoperability among large digital platforms.

According to the rules imposed by the EU, initially, the implementation of this capability will be limited to the exchange of text messages, images, voice messages, videos, and files between two people. However, the development of this new interoperability system by WhatsApp has been in progress for the past two years.

The most notable aspect of this new functionality is that user participation will be voluntary to avoid spam and scams. Users who activate this option will have a “Third-Party Chats” menu at the top of their inbox, where they can receive messages from other platforms without compromising the security and privacy of their conversations.

To ensure end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp prefers that messaging platforms interested in joining interoperability adopt the Signal communication protocol, used by services like Google Messages and Skype. However, there is some flexibility to use different models under certain conditions.

Other messaging apps that wish to interoperate with WhatsApp will need to sign an agreement with Meta and comply with its terms and conditions. While it has not been revealed which companies might be interested, it is known that Matrix and Element have been working experimentally with WhatsApp on this project.

WhatsApp aims to foster competition while also protecting the privacy of its users through this new functionality. However, some experts point out that user privacy may be at risk due to the requirements imposed by WhatsApp on apps interested in accessing its servers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Interoperability between WhatsApp and Other Messaging Apps:

1. What announcement did WhatsApp make regarding interoperability?
WhatsApp will allow its users to receive messages from other messaging apps while maintaining its end-to-end encryption.

2. Why is this interoperability capability being implemented?
This implementation is a response to the requirements of the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, which aims to promote greater interoperability among large digital platforms.

3. What types of messages can be exchanged initially?
Initially, text messages, images, voice messages, videos, and files can be exchanged between two people.

4. How will spam and scams be prevented in third-party messages?
User participation in receiving third-party messages will be voluntary to avoid spam and scams. Those who activate this option will have a “Third-Party Chats” menu to receive these messages without compromising the security and privacy of their conversations.

5. What communication protocol will be used to ensure end-to-end encryption?
WhatsApp prefers that apps interested in joining interoperability adopt the Signal communication protocol, used by services like Google Messages and Skype.

6. Which messaging apps might be interested in interoperating with WhatsApp?
While the interested companies have not been revealed, it is known that Matrix and Element have been working experimentally with WhatsApp on this project.

7. How can other messaging apps join interoperability?
Apps that want to interoperate with WhatsApp will need to sign an agreement with Meta (owner of WhatsApp) and comply with its terms and conditions.

8. Is user privacy guaranteed in this new functionality?
WhatsApp aims to foster competition and protect the privacy of its users. However, some experts point out that user privacy may be at risk due to the requirements imposed by WhatsApp on apps interested in accessing its servers.

Suggested Related Links:
– Official WhatsApp Website
– Signal Website
– Google Messages
– Skype Website

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