Whatsapp tests feature which allow its users to share posts from their WhatsApp status with other apps. Starting today, users in WhatsApp beta program will start to see a new sharing option below their status. The feature can be used to post a status directly to Facebook and other apps like Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, and Google photos.
Whatsapp status is an instagram story styled like service which allows you post images, text, and videos on your profile that disappear after 24 hours. However, there is already a direct link available which share your status to Facebook. Whatsapp explained that they are not taking any extra efforts to link your accounts on the two services. Instead, it’s making use of the same iOS and Android data-sharing APIs as every other app, it means that data is transferred between the apps on the device.
Even if you share your data to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram. Whatsapp explains that the two posts would show as separate events in the Facebook system and they will not be linked like the others. There is also no option to have your WhatsApp status automatically shared to another service, WhatsApp said that it wants the feature to be an active decision on the part of the user.
Moreover, the messenger giant has to be careful about creating the impression of data sharing with Facebook. Fb purchased the messaging service back in 2014, WhatsApp claimed that it wouldn’t share user data with Facebook and said that it would function “independently and autonomously.” Later in 2016, it changed as the company then said it would start sharing user data with Facebook. Since then, Facebook has been guided by German and French regulators to stop the practice.
In 2017, the company was fined with $122 million by the European Commission for misleading regulators about the extent to which it could link accounts prior to the acquisition. In a nutshell, this Whatsapp tests feature will not share any data that could bring Facebook into any trouble just like past.
Whatsapp status launched back in 2017 and since then it has grown by 500 million users daily and in 2020, it will become the first place in the WhatsApp app to show ads. In addition, Whatsapp has also announced that it will no longer support devices using the Android 2.3.7 operating system and iPhones using iOS 7 after February 1, 2020. The company said they expected a little impact from this news as it would only affect users who had not purchased a new phone or updated their operating system in more than six years.
While users with the old OS are already unable to create new Whatsapp account or reverify existing accounts.