Following Facebook announced that it would connect WhatsApp and Facebook accounts via the user’s phone number, the social media giant received plenty of criticism. Besides this, the platform also faced fines in Europe after the announcements. The penalties were doled out because Facebook had initially said it would never do that, yet did anyway.
Now there are reports that Facebook is currently working on a new feature and is testing the universal status share feature in WhatsApp. Our news sources have reported that besides sharing it with Facebook or Instagram, you’ll also be able to do it with Gmail and Google Photos, which is quite unique. Facebook interacted with the news channels and in one of the statements mentioned that it won’t do anything to link your accounts between devices:
“Instead, it’s making use of the same iOS and Android data-sharing APIs as every other app, meaning data is transferred between the apps on-device. Even if you share data to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, WhatsApp says the two posts will be separate events in Facebook’s systems, and they will not be linked”.
The feature that the Facebook is planning to come up with seems to have a lot of potential as most of the people over the platform will find it useful to have same status updates posted across various platforms. But the only limitation to the feature is that it will provide manual input, which means that users can not automatically update their status over Facebook and Instagram by instructing WhatsApp.
At present, there are no reports that whether the feature will become a part of WhatsApp as it is in the testing phase for the time being.