If you're part of Whatsapp's beta program, you may have noticed a new addition to how you update your Whatsapp status. Whatsapp is currently testing the idea of letting users share posts from their WhatsApp status with other apps. This means you will be able to post a status directly to your Facebook story, or even send it to other apps like Instagram, Gmail, or Google Photos.
Despite this link, Whatsapp insists that this does not mean your Whatsapp and Facebook account are linked. Instead, it's making use of the same iOS and Android data-sharing APIs as every other app, meaning data is transferred between the apps on-device.
Even if you share data to another Facebook-owned service like Instagram, WhatsApp says the two posts will be separate events in Facebook’s systems, and they will not be linked. There is also no option to have your WhatsApp status automatically shared to another service; WhatsApp has stated that it wants the feature to be an active decision on the part of the user.
While posting to Facebook stories via Instagram stories is also possible, it also requires you to give permission on the matter.
With Facebook acquiring Whatsapp, there's been a fear among users that Whatsapp shares data with Facebook. Whatsapp actually did end up sharing user data with Facebook during 2016 but was forced to stop after the company was fined USD$122 million by the European Commission for misleading regulators about the extent to which it could link accounts prior to the acquisition.