The Status feature is viewable to all users and includes a cringy reminder of WhatsApp’s commitment to user privacy.
Now we all know what happened in the past few weeks, with WhatsApp finally coming out of the closet with news of the rumor-mill surrounding its data-sharing practices with Facebook and third-party businesses since 2016.
The public outcry was quick to the follow-up, with almost 100 million users switching to Telegram and Signal after recommendations from noteworthy tech moguls such as Elon Musk and Edward Snowden.
With fear sweeping across WhatsApp management over such a massive drop in their userbase, WhatsApp handlers across the board released a series of explanatory handouts.
Their latest upgrade to WhatsApp Status, albeit instructive, has received quite the bashing from people on Twitter.
In summary, here’s what the Status update says:
People woke up this pleasant morning, and their reactions were hilarious, to say the least:
— Emir of Canada (@jega_eleniyan) January 27, 2021
— Temidayo Alvin 👑 (@temmyalvin) January 27, 2021
The following comic perfectly explains what WhatsApp and Facebook are trying to do:
— Adedayo Odegbami (@sexidivers) January 27, 2021
Apparently, you can mute WhatsApp Status with a single tap of a button.
— 🌴 Yᴏᴜʀ Dᴇsᴛɪɴʏ Hᴇʟᴘᴇʀ®🕊🌴 (@AyanfeOfGod) January 27, 2021
Sometimes, repetition is a tricky business. How weird would it sound if someone told you that “WhatsApp has WhatsApp”?
— GIFT-MALULEKE❤📻 (@TheRealGift_15) January 27, 2021
— Thabang 🐊 (@thabz_koena) January 27, 2021
Sarcastic remarks hit home, always. ALWAYS!
— NO NOISE🤫 (@abdulazeez7012) January 27, 2021
So there’s this group of people that thinks Mark Zuckerberg added himself to their chat. It’s fascinating how the human mind works really:
— iio_lada (@iio_lada) January 27, 2021
— cant hurt my feelings but i like pain ❤️ (@lehlo_manku) January 27, 2021
In short, people are ecstatic to have the Facebook chief on their speed dial, if that makes sense:
— Jerry Image ✨ (@JerymiahV) January 27, 2021
Some are afraid to see what’s behind that bubble.
— Dinny Mogweri (@neozakai1) January 27, 2021
And finally, the real story.
Soon, we’ll start seeing ads on status 😂😂😂
— FEMI, Taofeeq (@FemiSuccess7) January 27, 2021
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