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WhatsApp to let users put up personalised avatars as profile picture like Snapchat


New customized “avatars” for users are coming to WhatsApp, and a small group of beta testers already have access to the new feature. 

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp users will soon have the option to use an avatar as their user image rather than an actual photo. 

If a new section labeled “Avatar” appears in WhatsApp’s settings, it means that you now have the choice. 

It appears to be exclusive to WhatsApp Beta users for the time being, a group of users who try out new features in the application. 

You may completely customize your avatar using this avatar, as well as select various face expressions and objects for it to interact with. 

Additionally, WhatsApp will instantly build a new sticker pack so that you can share stickers with your loved ones. 

When the feature will be fully accessible to all users is unknown. However, if you can already design and customize your own avatar, there might be a few minor glitches because the new feature has only recently been made accessible to some Beta users. This is so that Meta can fix any last-minute flaws or issues with the functionality during this test period. 

Future avatar applications might also allow users to send messages or use them in video conversations. 

Similar animated avatars can also be used to send audio messages through Apple’s iMessage instant messaging service. 

The possibility of using avatars to create an online persona and remain anonymous raises some concerns, despite the fact that it can be a pleasant added feature.

The test phase may potentially lead Meta to implement more safety regulations regarding WhatsApp avatars, as more social media companies crack down on fake accounts and promote authenticity online. One of these might be the option to transmit and show them solely to friends and saved contacts. 

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