Replying to a Salaam verbally or in writing

Q. Is it permissible to reply to Salams in writing ? If someone sends Salaam as an audio message on WhatsApp can we reply to his Salaam by writing him back on Whatsapp?What is the ruling of Salaam on Social Media. Generally we type the work “Assalamualaikum” on WhatsApp…. Is it necessary to reply verbally or can we reply by writing back? Jazkallah

A. It is permissible to reply to a Salaam verbally or in writing.

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