Meta AI chatbot now being trialed for WhatsApp in India and globally

WhatsApp is testing Meta AI, its large language model-powered chatbot, with users in India and some other markets, signalling its intentions to tap the massive user base to scale its AI offerings. The company recently began testing the AI chatbot, until now available in the U.S., with some users in India, many of them said. India, home to more than 500 million WhatsApp users, is the instant messaging service’s largest market. Meta unveiled Meta AI, its general-purpose assistant, in late September. The AI chatbot is designed to answer user queries directly within chats as well as offer them the ability to generate photorealistic images from text prompts.

WhatsApp Tests Meta AI Chatbot in India, with Potential to Scale AI Offerings

WhatsApp continues to make groundbreaking strides in the field of AI, as it tests its large language model-powered chatbot, Meta AI, with users in India and other markets.

The chatbot, which has been available in the U.S. until now, has already been met with excitement and positive feedback by some of its Indian users. With over 500 million active users in India alone, WhatsApp has solidified its position as the country’s largest messaging platform.

A Meta spokesperson confirmed the move, stating, “We are currently in the process of developing our generative AI-powered experiences, and are currently testing a range of them in a limited capacity.”

Meta AI, which was unveiled by parent company Meta in September, offers a wide range of capabilities, including the ability to answer user queries in chats and generate photorealistic images from text prompts.

With a global user base of more than 2 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp presents Meta with a unique and unparalleled opportunity to scale its AI offerings to an even greater degree. By integrating Meta AI into WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company can showcase its advanced language model and image generation capabilities to an enormously large audience, potentially overshadowing its competitors.

The company also announced earlier this week that the next version of its open-source large language model, Llama 3, will be released within the next month.

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