WhatsApp Tests 2GB Media Files Sharing with Beta Users

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Popular messaging platform WhatsApp is trying out several new features lately. Among these are beta tests of message reactions and features that give users better control while recording voice messages. Now, the messaging platform is introducing yet another new beta WhatsApp feature. This new feature gives users the ability to send media files as large as 2 GB.

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