WhatsApp’s new ‘Status’ updates feature is similar to Snapchat stories


WhatsApp, the chat application owned by Facebook and used monthly by more thanbillion people, is adding a built-in camera to let users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing.

If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s exactly like Snapchat’s hugely successful Stories feature, launched three years ago, which lets users share similarly-ephemeral timelines.

WhatsApp said its new features will be tested in the Netherlands, France, and other countries before rolling out globally.

The addition of this feature on WhatsApp appears to represent a shift — it will for the first time allow users to scroll through content shared publically by their contacts.

WhatsApp, the world’s largest messaging app, till now has been a direct messaging platform.

A report on Forbes suggested it may be an attempt by Facebook to monetise WhatsApp.

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