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WhatsApp Tests Feature That Lets Users Share Their Status With Facebook and Other Apps

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WhatsApp is testing a feature that enables users to share their WhatsApp Status posts over Facebook, Instagram, and other services.


WhatsApp's Status feature works a lot like Stories do in Instagram, in that users can use the option to stitch together photos and video to express themselves in a way words alone might not allow them to.

The idea behind WhatsApp Status sharing is that it will allow users to post their status directly to their Facebook story, Instagram Story, Gmail, Google Photos, or other service.

WhatsApp told The Verge that the sharing feature doesn't link accounts on the two services in any way, and instead transfers the data on-device using Android and iOS data-sharing APIs.

Even when sharing to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, WhatsApp says the two posts remain separate events and are not associated in Facebook's systems.

Regardless of that explanation, relating the two platforms in the public consciousness has become a risky business for Facebook ever since it acquired WhatsApp in 2014.

The company said at the time that it wouldn't collect data from the end-to-end encrypted messaging service, but then two years later it began doing exactly that for ad-targeting purposes.

In 2016 the company had to end the collection of WhatsApp user data across Europe, including the phone number a user verifies during the registration process and the last time a user accessed the service, after privacy watchdogs slammed the practice and regulators demanded it be stopped.

Facebook was subsequently fined $122 million by the European Commission for misleading regulators during the merger review about the extent to which it could link accounts.

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Agit21

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I really hate Facebook. But sadly I’m on insta and I have to use WhatsApp. Not everybody can use iMessage. And i have to say iMessage needs a major update.
 
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GlennFisher

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I enjoy a WhatsApp… But my question is why can you NOT download it - on the new iPod touch… When I’m at the gym on Wi-Fi I should be able to use it just like my phone - I have to tell everybody that I’m chatting with on WhatsApp I’ll be back in two hours… It’s so ridiculous! If I can use WhatsApp on my iPhone on Wi-Fi why not on the iPod touch if I’m still on Wi-Fi using iMessage - #ridiculous
 
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behroozplt

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Maybe they should focus on making the iPad and mac app.. instead of the web login solution that sucks..
 
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ikir

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I enjoy a WhatsApp… But my question is why can you NOT download it - on the new iPod touch… When I’m at the gym on Wi-Fi I should be able to use it just like my phone - I have to tell everybody that I’m chatting with on WhatsApp I’ll be back in two hours… It’s so ridiculous! If I can use WhatsApp on my iPhone on Wi-Fi why not on the iPod touch if I’m still on Wi-Fi using iMessage - #ridiculous
Cmon just install Telegram. Users have choice. It is more secure, faster, it could run on iPod Touch, Watch, Mac all at the same time because it is cloud based. Wake up guys, the solution is here
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Maybe they should focus on making the iPad and mac app.. instead of the web login solution that sucks..
It is client based not cloud based. It would work very badly as WhatsApp desktop now, it needs a phone like a server. Download telegram and spread the world
 
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kanki1985

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Ever since I changed my phone number, FB has been pesting me to upload one, I believe this is the feature that will lure many to link their phone numbers.. I deleted my FB account now..
 
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jasonefmonk

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I enjoy a WhatsApp… But my question is why can you NOT download it - on the new iPod touch… When I’m at the gym on Wi-Fi I should be able to use it just like my phone - I have to tell everybody that I’m chatting with on WhatsApp I’ll be back in two hours… It’s so ridiculous! If I can use WhatsApp on my iPhone on Wi-Fi why not on the iPod touch if I’m still on Wi-Fi using iMessage - #ridiculous

Because the service is bad and only lets you use it on one device at a time.
 
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ManualFocusRing

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WhatsApp is testing a feature that enables users to share their WhatsApp Status posts over Facebook, Instagram, and other services.


WhatsApp's Status feature works a lot like Stories do in Instagram, in that users can use the option to stitch together photos and video to express themselves in a way words alone might not allow them to.

The idea behind WhatsApp Status sharing is that it will allow users to post their status directly to their Facebook story, Instagram Story, Gmail, Google Photos, or other service.

WhatsApp told The Verge that the sharing feature doesn't link accounts on the two services in any way, and instead transfers the data on-device using Android and iOS data-sharing APIs.

Even when sharing to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, WhatsApp says the two posts remain separate events and are not associated in Facebook's systems.

Regardless of that explanation, relating the two platforms in the public consciousness has become a risky business for Facebook ever since it acquired WhatsApp in 2014.

The company said at the time that it wouldn't collect data from the end-to-end encrypted messaging service, but then two years later it began doing exactly that for ad-targeting purposes.

In 2016 the company had to end the collection of WhatsApp user data across Europe, including the phone number a user verifies during the registration process and the last time a user accessed the service, after privacy watchdogs slammed the practice and regulators demanded it be stopped.

Facebook was subsequently fined $122 million by the European Commission for misleading regulators during the merger review about the extent to which it could link accounts.

Article Link: WhatsApp Tests Feature That Lets Users Share Their Status With Facebook and Other Apps
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