The quick reactions feature has begun to roll out on WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform. Users can respond to messages with six different emojis: like, love, laugh, sad, surprise, and thanks. More emoticons and skin tones may be added to the platform in the future.
WhatsApp Reactions is a feature similar to the react option on Facebook and Instagram.
For over three years, the Meta-owned company has been testing the feature. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, made the announcement on Facebook yesterday. Mr. Zuckerberg also announced the six emojis that will be included in WhatsApp reactions.
In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Reactions on WhatsApp start rolling out today.”
“To help spread thanks and appreciation, we’ve included [hands joined emoji].” He added, “More expressions coming soon.”
Long-pressing on any chat will bring up the WhatsApp reactions feature. The user can then select their preferred emoji and respond to a chat immediately.
During a Communities event in April, WhatsApp announced the quick reactions feature. Several other features, including the ability to add 32 people to a group audio call, were also announced during the event. The file sharing limit on WhatsApp will also be increased to 2GB.
WhatsApp is also getting closer to integrating with Instagram and Messenger with the quick reactions feature. Facebook Messenger and Instagram users can now communicate with each other. However, both platforms must first implement end-to-end encryption before WhatsApp can be added to the mix.