In the future, WhatsApp will use States to communicate with its users: here is the first State on the platform's official profile.
In addition to the States of our friends on WhatsApp we will soon have to take a look also at the States of WhatsApp on WhatsApp. It's not a pun, it's reality: WhatsApp has chosen to use the States to communicate the latest news of the service and the app, perhaps even those related to privacy.
What's written in WhatsApp's Status
The Status in which WhatsApp announces the upcoming changes, also in terms of privacy, is composed of four messages. The first simply states that, from now on, this system will be used to communicate with users.
The second reiterates that WhatsApp protects users' privacy, the third reiterates that all chats are encrypted and not even WhatsApp can read them. The fourth message again states that WhatsApp will continue to update its Status whenever there is something new to communicate to the platform's users.
What's wrong with WhatsApp communications via Status
This choice by WhatsApp is definitely less invasive than the previous banner. Perhaps even too little invasive and this could create further problems for the platform if important news such as those on privacy were communicated through a State update.
Using the States instead of a banner to give important communications is perhaps even worse. First of all, because most users never look at the States, then because a State is difficult to read if the text is a lot and, finally, because the States of WhatsApp disappear after 24 hours.