WhatsApp, the popular messaging app that many users have abandoned for alternatives, is now using Status messages in an effort to reassure users that their data is safe. Put simply, Status messages are the same as Stories found on other platforms like Instagram — and WhatsApp plans to use them to talk about privacy.
A recent report from The Verge notes the presence of WhatsApp Status messages that offer snippets about the company’s privacy practices, stating things like, ‘WhatsApp can’t read or listen to your personal conversations as they’re end-to-end encrypted.’
The company confirmed its plan to use the Status feature to get information out to users, citing ‘a lot of misinformation and confusion’ about the latest update and the platform’s privacy practices. Users will be able to get updates about the topic in WhatsApp’s Status tab.