In a blog post, the firm said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are isolated from friends and family. As a result, we see that people all over the world are turning to voice and video calling on WhatsApp more than ever before. Group calling has been particularly useful and our users have asked to connect with more people at once. Starting today, we’re doubling the number of participants you can have on a WhatsApp video or voice call from 4 to 8 people at a time.” WhatsApp users will be able to use the feature by updating the app on their device from various app stores.
Video calling tools like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom among others have also seen a significant jump in userbase and traffic as people connect with each other online while maintaining social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, Facebook had introduced Messenger Rooms that will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit. Earlier, the tech giant has mentioned that video calling on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp has more than doubled in numbers in many countries.