Apple to Restrict WhatsApp’s VoIP Call, Facebook Messenger Feature

Apple is planning a change to mobile its operating system that will restrict a feature that apps like WhatsApp and Facebook’s Messenger use to make voice calls over the Internet.

According to The Information blog post, the calling feature in both the apps runs in the background even when it’s not in use. It ensures that the apps can connect calls faster but also making it possible for them to perform other tasks such as data collections. WhatsApp uses the current VoIP call tech for implementing end-to-end encryption. Snapchat and WeChat also relied on the current VoIP tech for purposes beyond voice calls.

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As per the Gadgets blog post, Apple’s move will force the social media giant to redesign its messaging apps, the report said, citing two people familiar with matter, adding that it may have a heavy impact on WhatsApp.

The changes will begin to roll out in September. Application developers have until April 2020 to update any apps making use of the VoIP API to take into account Apple’s new restrictions.