WhatsApp tests the idea to let its users share messages from their WhatsApp status with other apps. Starting today, users in WhatsApp & # 39; s beta will begin to see a new sharing option under their status, which can be used to post a status directly to their Facebook story or to another app such as Instagram, Gmail or Send Google Photos. WhatsApp status is the Instagram Stories feature in the service that allows you to place images, text and videos & # 39; s on your profile that disappear after 24 hours.
Although there is a direct link to share your status with Facebook, WhatsApp tells me it doesn't do anything to link your accounts to the two services. Instead, it uses the same API & # 39; s for sharing iOS and Android as any other app, meaning data is transferred between the apps on the device. Even if you share data with another Facebook-delivered service such as Instagram, WhatsApp says that the two messages are separate events in Facebook's systems and that they are not linked. There is also no option to have your WhatsApp status automatically shared with another service; WhatsApp tells me that it must be an active user decision.
WhatsApp must be careful with creating the impression of sharing data with Facebook. When Facebook took over the messaging service in 2014, WhatsApp promised that it would not share user data with Facebook and said it would work "independent and autonomous. "That changed in 2016 when the company said it would share user data with Facebook. Since then, Facebook and French regulators have told them to stop the exercise. In 2017, the company was fined $ 122 million for misleading regulators degree to which she could link accounts prior to the acquisition.
Just to be clear: WhatsApp's new status-sharing feature doesn't do anything in the past about sharing data that has got Facebook in trouble. But while Facebook focuses on allowing users of all three major services to reach each other through a single technical back-end, even seemingly harmless functions such as these can be a big risk.