WhatsApp To Include VoIP Calls And Call Recording In Next Version
Good news for the WhatsApp lovers, WhatsApp is now introducing VoIP calls and VoIP call recording in its next version. Already topping the charts of the social messaging apps across the world, with 44% share in the market, this app grabs the usage of over 600 million subscribers.
Other social messaging apps providing VoIP calls are Viber, Skype, Tango, Google Hangout, and Facebook. However, with WhatsApp’s massive share in the industry, the introduction of VoIP services will force these competitors to make a run for their money. WhatsApp is not only introducing the call feature; it is also introducing the unique feature of call recording. Though there are add-ons available for Skype and Google Voice to record calls, no other VoIP app includes this feature.
However, the issue of call recording has long been a conflicting one. Many countries like United States have laws against them, while some like Israel allow full legal, and sneaky recording of calls. This means now you’ll have to really think before speaking because anything you say even jokingly may be held against you in court.
Laws in the US state that the consent of the callee should be taken into account before recording a call. Some believe that the recording party’s knowledge is enough, while some say all parties involved should be informed beforehand.
Moreover, the thought of being able to record calls on our favorite social messenger app is just a little too scary. The thought of all conversations being recorded, be it random gossip with friends, drunk calls, threatening jokes, makes you realize how much each and every word will weigh if ever used against you. Maybe any fight you had with your spouse over the app? Definitely being used as evidence in divorce court.
Furthermore, if this feature has the speech-to-text technology integrated, your conversations are not only being recorded as audio, but as text as well! Soon enough, text-conversations will be used as threats of being posted online.
We appreciate the fact that WhatsApp is going to be introducing the VoIP calls and expanding its user base, but the recording feature? No please, honey.