WhatsApp is testing its new feature that would allow users to share their WhatsApp status with other apps. Starting from today, beta users will be able to use this new feature. They will get a sharing option just below their status. Users can use the option to share their status directly to their Facebook account. They can even send it to their other apps such as Google Photos, Instagram or Gmail.
WhatsApp status is very much like the Instagram story feature which allows you to share text, images, and videos on your profile which will then disappear after 24 hours of sharing.
Although you will get a direct link to share your status to Facebook, WhatsApp has informed that they are not doing anything to link the two services. Instead, it’s going to make use of the same android and iOS data-sharing APIs just like every other application. This means data is transferred between the apps on-device.status
Even if you share your data to another app such as Instagram which is owned by Facebook, WhatsApp says that the two posts will be separate events in the Facebook system. To put it differently, both the posts will not be linked. Users will also be given the option to share their WhatsApp status automatically to another service. The company wants the feature to be an active decision on the part of the user.
Rolling out the new feature to beta users starting today
WhatsApp needs to be very careful with its decision of sharing its data with Facebook. Back in 2014, when Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the company made a promise to not to share user data with Facebook. They also added that they would function
“Independently and autonomously”
However, that was changed in 2016 when the company said that they will share data with Facebook. Since then, Facebook has been told by the German and French regulators to stop the practice. In 2017, Facebook was fined $122 million by the European Commission for misleading regulators about the extent to which it could link accounts prior to the acquisition.