According to HotFlamez.com The recent WhatsApp version of Snapchat Stories is already pulling in around 15 percent of the messaging app’s 1.2 billion users. Mark Zuckerberg today announced on Facebook’s Q1 earnings call that WhatsApp Status now has 175 million daily users after only launching in mid-February. This made the upgrade more than successful because Status is in a separate WhatsApp tab, unlike Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories and Messenger Day where it shows at the top of the home screen.

This means that WhatsApp’s Snapchat Stories clone is now makes waves than Snapchat itself, joining Instagram Stories, which reached that distinction last month when it announced 200 million users.

WhatsApp Status allows users to post photos and videos in a slideshow that their contacts can see, but the status disappears after 24 hours. Then, it’s being replaced by the old text-only “Status” product that functioned more like “away” messages, though WhatsApp eventually added the old feature back in the About section.

The news comes in an awkward time for WhatsApp, as today it suffered a service outage of more than an hour. “WhatsApp is aware of the issue and working to fix it as soon as possible,” one of its spokesperson confirmed, and it expects service to be restored soon.

Critics questioned why Facebook needed to put a Stories product in each of its core apps, including its chat products Messenger and WhatsApp, rather than just Facebook and Instagram. But WhatsApp’s deep traction in international markets where Snapchat hasn’t caught on yet gave it an opportunity to be the first popular app to offer Stories in many countries. Not only has this given Status feature a rapid growth, but it could box out Snapchat’s ability to grow in developing markets.

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