A new feature being tested by the world’s most popular messaging app, WhatsApp, will let users share their Status posts directly to Facebook. With this feature, WhatsApp Statuses can also be sent to other apps like Gmail, Google Photos or Instagram.
This new feature is currently available for users in WhatsApp’s beta programme. The feature is coming with a new sharing option under users’ own Statuses to enable easy sharing.
Some months ago, Facebook announced that it wants to integrate all its messaging platforms so they become one — that is, the Messenger part of Facebook, Instagram’s DM and then WhatsApp itself. Thus, you may think this what the company is trying to do but Facebook admits that’s not what they are doing at the moment.
This new WhatsApp Status-sharing feature is not going to integrate WhatsApp with Facebook. Rather, Facebook is just making use of the usual data-sharing APIs as every other app, meaning data is transferred between the apps on-device.
Facebook says if you share data from WhatsApp to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, the two posts will be separate events in Facebook’s systems, and they will not be linked.
Also, your WhatsApp Status won’t automatically share itself to Facebook or another service since there’s no option like that. The company says it wants the feature to be an active decision on the part of the user.
For those in WhatsApp’s beta programme, the feature is available at the moment.
Status is the WhatsApp version of Instagram Stories, which the company copied from Snapchat. WhatsApp Status was launched back in 2017. The cool feature has then grown to be used by more than 500 million users every single day.
Facebook has plans of monetising WhatsApp by showing ads via Status in 2020. It will become the first place in the WhatsApp app to show ads.