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WhatsApp Testing a Feature That Lets You Share Stories on Instagram, Facebook

Released in 2009 first, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014

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FILE - The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing a feature that would give users the option of sharing their status Stories directly on other social networking platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail and Google Photos.

Just like Instagram, WhatsApp’s status Stories let users post images, text and videos on your profile that disappear after 24 hours.

“As part of the experiment, users listed WhatsApp’s beta programme, would start to see a new sharing option beneath their statuses that would ask them if they want to further share the same Story on any of the other apps,” The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Explain the working of the feature, the report said the test feature would make use of the same iOS and Android data-sharing APIs as every other app, that would transfer data between the apps, on-device.

Currently, there is no option to have WhatsApp status automatically shared to another service and the instant messaging app intends that the feature should be an active decision on the part of the user.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

However, elaborate details on the test locations and final roll-out of the feature remains unknown as of now.

In so many ways, this test appears to be a development in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to create a unified app combining WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to let over 2.6 billion users communicate with each other cross-apps by 2020.

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The move could let the social networking giant tout higher user engagement to advertisers, thus, ramping up its advertising division at a time when growth has slowed down.

However, WhatsApp has to be careful about creating the impression of data sharing with Facebook, the report said.

Released in 2009 first, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014. (IANS)

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Here’s Why Instagram Users Want to ‘Throw Away’ the App Now

However, unlike usually, Instagram has not yet addressed this outage

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Photo-messaging app Instagram’s users want to “throw away” the app as it suffered a major outage yet again that did not let users from around the world to access the Facebook-owned app.

According to outage reviewing and monitoring website DownDetector’s report on Tuesday, Instagram was hit by the outage just past 10 a.m. PT and it affected users in the US, UK and across Europe.

Fed up with repeated outages, users took to Twitter and reported Instagram’s crash, expressing their frustration.

“How many times are you gonna f*****g do this? I think we should throw @Instagram away #instagramdown,” a user tweeted.

“Man to hell with that Area 51 raid. We are gonna raid @Instagram HQ if they don’t get their shit together #instagramdown,” a tweet read.

“My Instagram is not working and at this point, I’m not even surprised #instagramdown,” another user tweeted.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

While the hashtag #InstagramDown was trending on Twitter people also made sure they tagged Instagram’s official handle on the posts.

“@Instagram headquarters must see that we are tweeting #InstagramDown for the 12712450th time this year,” a user wrote.

Hong Kong-based social media website 9GAG, famous for its memes and GIFs, tweeted: “If it keeps happening like this, we will run out of GIFs to post! #InstagramDown.”

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Now that the outages are becoming more frequent, its raising concerns amongst people who seem to be considering quitting the app.

However, unlike usually, Instagram has not yet addressed this outage.

Managing a global user-base of over 2.38 billion people, Facebook and its family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, have collectively suffered five major outages in the last four months. Out of all the Facebook’s apps, Instagram has experienced downtime the most. (IANS)