The concern about the explosion of internet traffic with so many people connecting from their homes due to the coronavirus has reached WhatsApp.
The messaging app has started to shorten the duration of ephemeral videos published on Status in its largest market, India, according to WABetaInfo, a site that tracks WhatsApp updates. This does not mean that the measure cannot be taken elsewhere in the world.
According to WABetaInfo, only videos with up to 15 seconds will be allowed. "This is happening in China and is probably a step towards reducing traffic to the server infrastructure," he says.
India is promoting largest quarantine ever seen, which forces the population of 1.2 billion people to stay home to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. This, evaluates WABetaInfo, must be overloaded WhatsApp, which is very popular there. "They are probably getting a lot of Status updates from India."
The restriction is temporary and will be reversed in the future. Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, is promoting similar actions in its other services. The company reduced the quality of videos published on the social network and on Instagram.
Other companies have acted along the same lines. Globoplay, Netflix, YouTube (Google) and Prime Video (Amazon) have limited the content quality of their video streaming services so that the network is not congested.
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