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KakaoTalk improves user privacy with Open Chat feature

KakaoTalk improves user privacy with Open Chat feature
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Want to chat with a group of people without revealing your personal information? KakaoTalk’s latest feature gets the job done for you.

The new Open Chat feature allows users to create and join chat rooms without having to provide their mobile phone numbers or KakaoTalk ID as opposed to regular chats.

“Open Chat makes it easy to begin conversations with people who are not on each other’s KakaoTalk friends lists. It also alleviates users’ concerns about exposing their personal details on messenger services,” said Paolo Pineda, CEO of Kakao Philippines Corp.

“The real value of this feature is that it provides our users with privacy and control over their friends list, while connecting with other people,” Pineda added.

In addition to that, the company provided every chat room its own designated and shareable URL that users can click when they want to join, making it more convenient to access group chats.

To create Open Chats, simply press on the floating ‘+’ button on the Chats tab and select ‘Open Chat.’ A host can then input his or her chat identity and begin the set up of the chat room. Chat rooms come with customizable features. The host can choose the type of chat—one-on-one or group chats—and select a background photo. Once ready, the host simply needs to press ‘OK’ and the Open Chat link go live.

Open Chat can accommodate up to 500 users in a single chat room. The host can also designate the maximum number of users that can participate in any given Open Chat.

Kakao Philippines Corp. introduced the Open Chat last September 30 at the A Space Manila in Makati. It will be available in the Philippines starting October 11.

Words Antonio Jose Galauran


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