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Telegram joins the voice chats club

By Masabata Mkwananzi Time of article published Mar 24, 2021

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The fast-growing, messaging app Telegram has rolled out a new update to its Voice Chats feature that will allow users to utilize live voice chat sessions in Channels for unlimited participants.

This feature was previously used for Telegram Groups when it was first launched in December of 2020.

Users will be pleased to know that the new update will also bring recordable voice chats, rich lists of participants, raise hand mechanics, invite links for speakers and listeners, and voice chat titles.

And if that was not enough, public figures and celebrities can now join voice chats as their channels to avoid drawing too much attention to their accounts. For this, Telegram will support celebrities to avoid chats being flooded with ‘fan mail’.

The company has found a way for admins to host channels and public groups for millions of listeners. It does not matter how huge your talk is, new people will be able to tune in. Telegram has described this move as ‘public radio being reinvented for the 21st century.’

While there are no longer limits on Voice Chats, the company has also added ‘Record Voice Chats’ where admins can now record a live chat session and publish it to a channel or group that might have missed the live event. The chats that are recorded will be marked with a red light next to their title, and once this is done the audio will be available in your saved messages.

Another interesting feature that will be added is giving admins total control over who can speak in live sessions as participants are muted, the ability for users to ‘raise their hand’ to alert the admins that they want to speak. Telegram has made it easy for admins to recognise a participant wanting to speak, as their bios will now be visible in the live sessions. The company says this can help admins find a good slot for questions or comments.


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