It seems like Facebook and other apps owned by the social media giant have made it a habit to copy Snapchat.
WhatsApp, the chat application owned by Facebook and used monthly by 1.2 billion people, is adding a built-in camera to let people take photos or videos, and send them directly to their contacts or add them to a "status" update - similar to Snapchat's "stories" feature.
It's the latest example of a Facebook app building the tools popularised by its younger rival, owned by Snap Inc.
Facebook's Instagram, for example, now has 150 million people using its version of stories, launched in August
After the new feature is rolled out, users will be able to post images or videos as their status that will last for 24 hours and automatically disappear after that. According to some reports, users will be allowed to post six ephemeral status updates in a day.
WABetaInfo, a Twitter account known for its WhatsApp related leaks, tweeted an alleged image of the upcoming feature on iOS along with the text that read: “Status introduction text updated in WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.17.4+.”
WhatsApp said its new features will be tested in the Netherlands, France, and other countries before rolling out globally..