Tiktok introduces dislike button, Waze now retro, and WhatsApp communities

The Weekly App Roundup

Waze’s Retro Mode. (Photo: Waze)
Welcome to yet another weekly roundup!

This week we have got quite a bit in store for you; TikTok might potentially launch a dislike feature, Waze is introducing a Retro mode for a little fun on the road, and WhatsApp is discussing launching a communities feature. اضافة اعلان

TikTok’s thumbs down feature

TikTok announced that it is experimenting with a dislike button specifically for comments that are not appropriate or are irrelevant to the post, in a move that aims to improve user experience. By privately allowing users to dislike comments, Tiktok hopes to give its community more control over the content they see.

This move also coincides with TikTok’s efforts to actively remove abusive and hateful content that violates its community guidelines.

Through this community effort, which is currently being tested, TikTok aims to create parameters that are currently regulated by their algorithm to ensure that comment sections stay relevant to the topic, and thus boost authentic engagement.

To prevent causing resentment among community members or demoralizing artists, only users who disliked a comment would be able to see that they did so.

Only some users see a thumbs-down indicator next to comments currently as the trial period plays out.

The data will most likely be used internally to rank comments and grade them against community norms.

WhatsApp Communities: META chasing Telegram’s success?

WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, has unveiled a new feature called Communities. The feature will be tested in the coming months before it is rolled out to the public.

So, what exactly are WhatsApp Communities?

In short, communities are large groups that can work very similarly to Telegram, WhatsApp’s messaging competitor, with a couple of unique twists.

Currently, to add someone to a WhatsApp Group, you must have their phone number and group chats also have a maximum of 256 participants.

However, in a Communities tab thousands of people would be able to engage in a community that includes many sub-group conversations. Your phone number will be concealed after you join a community except from admins and members in a sub-group with whom you are in a sub-group.

Similarly to the social feed that took the basic technology behind the internet and made it so anyone could find people and content online, META believes community messaging will take the basic protocols behind one-to-one messaging and extend them so users can communicate more easily with groups of people to get things done together.

Little is known at this time, and WhatsApp admits that it is still sorting out the specifics of how Communities will function based on comments received from early testers.

WhatsApp is also introducing new features to help Communities, including emoji reactions, the option for group administrators to remove messages, file sharing up to 2GB, and calling for up to 32 people, all of which are highly welcome additions as previously many of such features would only be accessible off-platform via other apps.

WhatsApp Communities will also be “inherently private,” according to the company. In addition, unlike Telegram, all conversations between members of a Community are encrypted, albeit the name and description of the Community are not.

Waze goes Retro

Waze, which is owned by Google, has unveiled a new limited-time feature dubbed Retro Mode.

It does exactly what it says, when enabled, you may change the app’s appearance to one that is considerably more retro.

Retro Mode is a new option to customize the appearance and sound of the Waze app. With a few touches, you can transform the Waze app into anything from the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s.

For example, if you change the time period to the 1970s, you will receive navigation directions from an eccentric DJ with a lava lamp, and your car in the Waze app will transform into a vintage VW-like bus.

The 1980s, on the other hand, provides an aerobics teacher as a guide and a sports automobile with a boombox atmosphere. In terms of the 1990s, you will find a desktop PC vibe, a vintage SUV automobile, and turn-by-turn directions from a 90s pop artist.

If you want to go all out, you may mix and match the design modifications to your liking. You have the option of selecting a 90s PC atmosphere, a sports automobile, or a DJ navigator from the 1970s.

Revolutionary? Not at all.

Necessary? Probably not. 

A little bit of random fun for the daily driver? Absolutely.

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