WhatsApp Could Soon Let You Share Posts On Facebook, Instagram, Gmail Or Google Photos

Posted: Jun 27 2019, 7:03am CDT | by , in Technology News


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WhatsApp could soon let you share posts on Facebook, Instagram, Gmail or Google Photos
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The company, however, said it's keeping to its promise of not sharing user info with Facebook.

WhatsApp is trialing a new feature that could support cross-platform sharing, letting users share their WhatsApp status with other apps like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail or Google Photos.

A WhatsApp spokesperson told The Verge that the company is currently beta testing the sharing option, which would show up under a user’s status on the app. The WhatsApp Status feature is pretty much like Facebook and Instagram’s stories. It allows users to share text, photos, videos and even GIFs on their profiles, which then disappear after 24 hours. Other WhatsApp users can only view status updates of other users if they are connected.

Just like its affiliate companies Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp also lets users mute or unmute certain contacts so that they won’t appear on the Status tab.

The latest sharing tool will not exchange information from WhatsApp to other apps in a user’s phone, a spokesperson reportedly said. The platform will instead use the same data-sharing APIs that iOS and Android phones use so that the transfer of data will only take place between the apps on the device.

The sharing feature could prove to be a hit with WhatsApp Business profiles, allowing its administrators to share their posts across other business pages they control in other social media apps, thus promoting their businesses more efficiently and easily.

The Verge explained that even when users share data to another Facebook-owned app such as Instagram, the two posts will remain separate events. This way, WhatsApp ensures that it commits to its pledge in 2014 — when Facebook acquired the business — that it will not share user data with its new owner.

Meanwhile, the news comes less than two weeks after a leak photo on Twitter by @WABetaInfo showed that WhatsApp is testing a new design for Android users, allowing them to better view the users they are sending photos to through a displayed name below a contact photo when sharing pictures.

Previously, the app only shows a recipient’s photo as the sender attempts to forward a photo. That flaw has been fixed with the latest update, saving people from the embarrassing mistake of missending photos to the wrong person.

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