WhatsApp Starts Testing AI-Generated Stickers

WhatsApp, which Meta now owns, is currently testing a feature that involves AI-generated stickers. Recent reports, from WABetaInfo indicate that a selected group of testers in the Android WhatsApp beta program have come across these introduced stickers, created based on descriptions.

There hasn’t been information about the AI model used by WhatsApp for this feature. However, it has been mentioned that these stickers are produced using a framework provided by Meta.

The expected functionality of this feature resembles the mechanics observed in models like OpenAI’s DALL E or Midjourney, where images are generated autonomously based on text inputs. This upcoming attribute in WhatsApp will allow users to create personalized images that can be shared as stickers, within the app’s interface with friends and groups alike.

When it comes to using AI models that generate content there are concerns about the kind of images and stickers that could be easily created and shared on WhatsApp. These concerns are particularly important because WhatsApp has faced issues in the past with messages containing images during elections, incidents of mob violence and deaths in India as well as the spread of misinformation related to the Covid 19 pandemic. While WhatsApp does have a reporting system for stickers that are considered inappropriate or harmful it is not entirely clear what specific safeguards are in place on the AI models side.

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Insights from WABetaInfo suggest that the stickers produced by this AI-powered feature will have a quality that can be easily recognized. This could mean that there might be a watermark or some sort of indicator indicating that AI models were used to create these stickers. Microsoft’s use of OpenAI’s DALL E model in Bing Chat is an example where they visibly add a Bing label to images created using AI. Interestingly there are reports suggesting that Instagram is also working on labels to indicate when AI models have contributed to content generation.

This year people have seen a rise of AI, in various mainstream applications. It’s not surprising that WhatsApp is now joining in with its offering of AI-generated stickers. This new addition has the potential to bring a touch to WhatsApp conversations saving users from relying on overused stickers, GIFs, and memes. It’s a feature that can free individuals from their design limitations.

There are indications that Instagram and Messenger might also introduce similar features. This points towards a shift within the Meta ecosystem, where AI-driven creative enhancement is becoming a defining characteristic, across their platforms. As tech enthusiasts witness this evolution it’s clear that generative AI integration is reshaping how humans interact, communicate, and express themselves in conversations.

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How To Use The Feature

After updating to the version of WhatsApp beta, for Android (2.23.17.14) a select group of testers will have access to the exciting feature allowing them to create and share stickers using intelligence technology according to WABetaInfo, a source for tracking WhatsApp features. The lucky users can find this new capability in the stickers tab of the interface, where they’ll see a button labeled “Create” to activate it. As per the WABetaInfos report when users choose to engage with this feature they will be greeted with a pop-up window titled “Create AI Stickers.”

In this window, the users will be prompted to provide a description for the sticker they desire. In the middle of the screen, there is an illustration featuring the phrase “a cat laughing while riding a skateboard” and its corresponding sticker. But then the image WABetaInfos shared does not have any sample stickers that were generated by this AI-driven system.

Wrapping Up

WhatsApp Web in its beta version 2.2333.11 has also introduced a security improvement. Users of this version can now enhance the protection of their WhatsApp Web account by setting up a password. It is crucial for users to remember this password as forgetting it will require them to log out and then log back in to regain access to the web interface. This security enhancement is currently being tested by selected individuals who are using the beta release of WhatsApp Web. To activate the password safeguard users can go to a settings option, within WhatsApp; WhatsApp Settings > Privacy.

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