27 August 2019
WhatsApp has reportedly started beta testing a new feature that will allow sharing status updates on other apps. This includes Facebook and Instagram as well as non-Facebook apps like Gmail and Google Photos. The new integration is currently available with the latest beta update and should be accessible to all beta testers.
This new feature is bound to raise privacy-related concerns among users, especially because of the status sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. This is something WhatsApp is well aware of which is the reason it is quick to clarify that users are not required to link their Facebook accounts while sharing. It is making use of the standard sharing APIs on Android and iOS which are used by many other apps as well. It further added once the status has been shared on Facebook or WhatsApp, both statuses will be registered as separate events on Facebook servers and will not be linked to each other.
The team has also ensured that status sharing is not an automatic feature. It means whenever you would want to share a status on any other app, you will have to do so manually every single time. There is no option to set automatic sharing for any of the apps which makes sense as WhatsApp wants to make sharing decision while being aware of it.
This is not the only WhatsApp is busy testing. It has also been working on offering the ability to hide muted status updates. It is aimed at offering a cleaner status viewing experience with less clutter. But as it is always the case with beta features, it is difficult to say exactly when and if these will be released for everyone on the stable release.