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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Science & Technology

Facebook adds Snapchat-esque feature to Messenger app

Friday 17/March/2017 - 11:15 AM
Sada El Balad
(USA Today) - Ever since Snap turned down its $3 billion-plus offer، Facebook has opted for the next best thing to owning the parent company of the buzzy chat app: It's been cloning Snapchat's features.

But with some users revolting against two new lookalike updates، has Facebook drawn too much inspiration from Snapchat? Some ticked-off users think so.

The backlash stems from new features on chat apps Messenger and WhatsApp that mimic Snapchat Stories that are popular with smartphone-toting teens and adults.

WhatsApp this week backtracked after the app's ratings had plunged to one- and two-star reviews as people groused about the new "Status" feature that encouraged them to share images، GIFs and videos along with drawings and emojis that disappeared after 24 hours. What some of WhatsApp's 1.2 billion users wanted back: The simple text update located next to each user's profile. And now they're getting it.

"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.

None too soon for Tania Hinds، a 26-year-old part-time blogger from Brighton، England who works in retail. She says she uses WhatsApp daily to stay in touch with friends and family، especially her twin sister who lives abroad.

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