WhatsApp Beta for Android and iPhone (iOS) began to receive, on Wednesday (26), a function that allows you to share Status in Facebook Stories. Some users are already starting to see a new button under the My Status menu: with a tap, a photo, video or text post can be quickly sent to another social network, where it will be available for the next 24 hours. In addition, you can export the content to other apps installed on your phone, such as Instagram, Gmail, and Google Photos.
The news is slowly being released and is not yet available to all members of the WhatsApp testing program. There is still no forecast for the feature to be taken to the stable version of the messenger. In contact with TechTudoWhatsApp staff explained that the function is optional. "The sharing of Status on Facebook and other social networks depends on the willingness of the user. In addition, the Status posted on WhatsApp is encrypted end-to-end."
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By default, the feature allows you to share on Facebook one or more recently posted status updates on WhatsApp. However, it is also possible to send older posts as long as the user delves deeper into the messaging app's My Status menu. When you tap the share button, a popup appears on the screen to define who can see the content, in settings such as public or just friends.
To The verge, Facebook clarified that the feature is not an integration of the two platforms. The function, ensures social networking, uses the same sharing APIs that already exist for Android and iOS. WhatsApp status sent to Facebook will therefore be treated as different events: friend interactions in one of the apps do not affect the post in the other. The similar experience is currently seen with Instagram posts shared on Facebook, whose likes are accounted for independently.
WhatsApp Beta begins receiving Status sharing on Facebook Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
Launched in 2017, WhatsApp Status reached a milestone of 450 million active users a day worldwide a year ago, 50% more than Instagram Stories, which had 300 million. Since then, Facebook has stopped releasing updated numbers for the messaging app's Status. In January, Instagram Stories reached 500 million daily users, the same mark obtained by Facebook Stories in April.
Via WhatsApp, The Verge and TechCrunch (1,2)
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