WhatsApp will also use the feature to share information about app changes and upcoming features.
The status update seems to be viewable by all users and reminds WhatsApp of its commitment to user privacy.
The update also included an announcement that WhatsApp will let users know about new features and application updates through its Status platform.
“WhatsApp is now on Status!” WhatsApp said. “We’ll let you about new features and updates here.”
“One thing that isn’t new is our commitment to your privacy.”
The company reminded users of the end-to-end encryption it offers, which means user conversations cannot be accessed by Facebook or WhatsApp.
“WhatsApp can’t read or listen to your personal conversations as they’re end-to-end encrypted,” WhatsApp said.
At the time of writing, it seems that there is no way to opt out of receiving WhatsApp Status updates.
Prior to this, the new privacy update of the chat app caused millions of WhatsApp users to abandon the service and use Telegram or Signal instead. Telegram has gained approximately 90 million new users.
Signal has attracted about 50 million new users, and even Tesla CEO Elon Musk yelled agents on Twitter.
WhatsApp realizes that they have lost the trust of users and is now working to repair this relationship.