WhatsApp launched, as a test, a system of verified accounts on its messaging platform. Companies participating in the initiative show a green light next to their name, facilitating trust between it and customers. This is not a new thing on the internet, however.
Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other names already include the check mark on certain accounts. This medium, on the other hand, is not limited to companies; Artists and other successful profiles also receive the markup. See the following details.
The feature was already in the WhatsApp beta, but the Facebook app included the information in its FAQ guide. Read in full what the company says about the accounts verified on its official website:
“WhatsApp is exploring ways for you to communicate with the businesses that matter to you. Some business accounts have been verified by WhatsApp. If you see a green badge next to a contact’s name, it means that WhatsApp has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account. WhatsApp will also let you know when you start talking to a business via yellow messages inside a chat. There is no way to delete these messages from the chat. If you already have a business’s phone number saved in your address book, the name you will see is the name you have saved in your address book. If you don’t have a business’s phone number saved in your address book, the name you will see is the name the business has chosen for themselves. If you’d like to stop a business from contacting you, you can block them. Note: WhatsApp business verification is currently limited to a small number of businesses participating in a pilot program.”
There is no information on when – or at least if – the function will leave the pilot, reaching out to all companies around the world.
In other news, the famous twitter WABetaInfo has just released that WhatsApp for Android in its latest Beta has received a feature that promises to leave the experience of using even better in the app.
Novelty comes with the ability to play voice messages directly from the notification window, making it unnecessary to open the app to listen to them.
With this, in a faster and more dynamic way we can check what our contacts have to tell us – just be careful not to fall into the dreaded groaning (which has even resulted in dismissal for just cause).
Unfortunately the feature was only released for some users in version 2.17.313 of the app, yet no forecast to reach users of the stable version.
Note that from the notification window, you can not only play and pause the messages, but also choose from which part the audio will be played.