21 February 2017
WhatsApp’s new feature continues Facebook’s Snapchat mimicry
Published 21 February
The New York Times reports: "WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application used by 1.2 billion people (and owned by Facebook), unveiled a version of its Status feature that takes a significant number of cues from Snapchat. Similar to Snapchat's Stories feature, WhatsApp's Status now lets people share images, GIFs, and videos as a status update, all of which last for 24 hours before disappearing.
"The move follows a string of actions by Facebook to emulate Snapchat. In August, Instagram introduced a Stories feature that was a near exact copy of Snapchat's. In December, Messenger revamped its look and feel to emphasize sending photos, just like Snapchat."