WhatsApp posts first Status update to ease users’ privacy concerns

WhatsApp introduced the Status feature in 2017 and since then it has been trying hard to make it as popular as the Snapchat’s Stories.

WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging.

WhatsApp tested the feature for beta users in November, and now the Status tab is rolling out worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Users can watch updates from friends and reply privately,

WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

shoot and adorn their imagery with drawings and captions and send their creations to all the contacts they’ve chosen with a persistent privacy setting. Sending media to specific friends is still done through message threads.

The status could also open up new advertising opportunities for WhatsApp. If it followed Snap and Instagram’s lead, it cou

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Ever since WhatsApp introduced its new terms, users around the globe are switching to Signal and Telegram, its rival messaging platforms.

Geo Pakistan had reached out to digital rights expert Usama Khilji to explain the impact of the new policy.

Khilji, who is also a director at digital rights organisation Bolo Bhi, had said that one-to-one conversations between users will “remain encrypted”.

However, he explained WhatsApp will provide “some information” to its parent company Facebook.

Khilji had said WhatsApp will now be able to share a user’s status, mobile being used, internet and the phone number and IP address being used by an account.

“They will use this information to target you through Facebook ads,” the Bolo Bhi director had said.

 

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