WhatsApp Brings Back Text-Only Status Message After ‘Status’ Backlash

The reactions were so swift and fierce, it would have made a good status update.

WhatsApp is bringing back its text-only status message feature after a massive backlash from users when the company removed it in favor of its new “Status” feature. In February, WhatsApp rolled out “Status,” which allowed users to post photos and videos as their status update instead of the usual text. Critics called it a Snapchat Stories copycat.

WhatsApp will bring back the text feature, but will retain the photo-and-video options of Status.

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