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CAPE TOWN - WhatsApp has made the group calling feature available on the platform after Facebook first announced the feature at its F8 2018 conference in May 2018.

Mubarik Imam, a director at WhatsApp, said they have over 450 million unique users per day, who make over 2 billion minutes of calls daily.

"Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We're excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today", said the company in a statement. 

The group calling feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of WhatsApp. 

How it works:

1. Start a call with a contact

2.  Click the “add participants” button shown in the top right corner of the chat window.

3. Currently, up to four people may participate in a group call.

Facebook said that group calls are encrypted end-to-end, and are designed to work on low-bandwidth networks.

"Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions", said the company is a statement.