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March 16, 2017

WhatsApp Brings Back Text-Only Feature After Status Backlash

WhatsApp is back-pedalling after its major update last month that got rid of text statuses in favor of its Status feature, a tool that is similar to Snapchat’s Stories.

WhatsApp, which enjoys more than 1.2 billion monthly active users, suddenly had its stellar product reviews invaded by one- and two-star ratings bemoaning the new Status feature.

WhatsApp StatusOn iTunes, user Hato Jey said Facebook-owned WhatsApp is trying so hard to compete with Snapchat that it is “failing the main purpose of WhatsApp.”

“You have already millions of people, why making that awful change? – Stay as messaging.”

Another user, Medipeace, gave the update one star, describing it as “a disaster. No contact button. Status cannot be hidden. This is a bad improvement.”

A number of Google Play customers also expressed disappointment. User Selina Godwins had this to say: “The new update sucks, it makes me want to uninstall this app. I want the old status app where I can write what I want. This new one is sucks!!”

“The worst ever update of whatsapp,” added user Dinky Puggal. “Please do not copy other apps. It was best before this update. Now i hate to use whatsapp as well. Also allow status update as before.”

With scathing reviews being plentiful throughout March, WhatsApp quickly changed its tune.

“We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

Although WhatsApp is not removing Status, but it is bringing back the text-only status option that again will be located next to the user’s profile.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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