WhatsApp Launches Snapchat Stories Clone Status

September 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Stay on target WhatsApp has introduced a new way to keep in touch with friends and family.The instant messaging service on Monday launched a revamped status feature, allowing folks to share fleeting photos, videos, and GIFs for 24 hours.WhatsAppAs reported by Geek sister site PCMag, the new function utilizes the recently redesigned in-app camera; users can personalize media with emoji, text, and drawings “in an easy and secure way,” WhatsApp co-creator Jan Koum wrote in a blog post.“Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted,” he added.WhatsApp in April turned on full end-to-end encryption via the Signal protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems, promising that every phone call, message, photo, video, file, and voice message is safe from prying eyes (and ears).“Encryption is one of the most important tools governments, companies, and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age,” application co-founders Koum and Brian Acton said last year.The latest version of the app includes a Status tab, where you’ll find updates from people in your WhatsApp network, PCMag explained. Like Snapchat Stories (or, more fittingly, Instagram Stories), content lasts only 24 hours; you can mute specific users, and reply to people privately.WhatsAppWhatsApp debuted on Feb. 24, 2009, as a way to let family and friends know what you’re up to; folks could quickly push a line of text—”at school,” “at the gym,” or “battery about to die”—to all contacts at once. The service eventually expanded into a full-blown texting platform, with more than 1 billion users worldwide.This isn’t the first time Facebook—parent company of WhatsApp and Instagram—has stolen a page from Snapchat’s book. After failing to acquire the ephemeral messaging service in 2013, Facebook simply duplicated its functions (and not very creatively) via Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, and now WhatsApp Status.“Just like eight years ago when we first started WhatsApp, this new and improved status feature will let you keep your friends who use WhatsApp easily updated in a fun and simple way,” the company said.last_img read more