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WhatsApp’s latest beta gets a new feature that’s bound to be at least a little bit controversial: sharing your Status to your Facebook Story. However, it does not mean that you will be linking your WhatsApp user ID to your Facebook account, as it’s just using the standard Android and iOS data sharing APIs, says the company.

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This means that you can also share your WhatsApp Status to other apps – Instagram, Gmail, Google Photos, and so on. And when you do share data to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, the company says the two posts will be separate events in its systems, and will not be linked.

The sharing option will show up underneath your Status if you are in the WhatsApp beta program. In case you’re wondering what this is all about, Status is what WhatsApp calls its version of Stories – a place where you can post images, text, and videos on your profile that disappear after 24 hours. This sub-feature of WhatsApp now has over 500 million daily active users, and next year it will be the first place where you’ll see ads in WhatsApp.

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You have to manually share your Status with another app, there’s no way to make that automatic. This is by design, as apparently WhatsApp wants the feature to be an active decision on your part, and not something you set once and then forget about.

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