FACEBOOK has owned Whatsapp for several years now but the popular messaging app has been largely unaffected by this.
However, a new loading screen is now infuriating users who have taken to Twitter to complain.
Really want to delete WhatsApp every time I see this ‘from Facebook’ loading page
— Jamie Anderson (@aultered) December 5, 2019
The biggest problems with the new loading page, which appears when you first open the app, seem to be that it states “from Facebook” and takes a bit longer for the app to load.
The message appears in grey and green underneath the WhatsApp logo.
The rest of the loading page is blank and it only appears for a brief second.
Users have been questioning its purpose and are even threatening to delete the app because it annoys them so much.
One man tweeted: “Really want to delete WhatsApp every time I see this ‘from Facebook’ loading page.”
Another said: “Nice that they’ve “improved” @WhatsApp such that you have to put up with a loading screen each time you run it.”
One angry WhatsApp user even tweeted Facebook directly and said: “@WhatsApp @facebook hey can you remove the “from Facebook” tag on the loading screen of WhatsApp, you may have bought the app years ago, but no one wants to be reminded Facebook has anything to do with it.”
We have reached out to Facebook for comment on whether the loading screen is here to stay.
Facebook bought WhatsApp from its original owners back in 2014.
In other news, WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones from next month. The recent update to the WhatsApp support page has listed a few platforms that will stop getting updates and won’t run WhatsApp. The prime platforms among these are Android and iOS, and its bad news for those using older handsets. From February 1, 2020, all Android phones running on Android 2.3.7 won’t be able to run WhatsApp. That means no more updates and no more sending or receiving messages through the app.
WhatsApp’s long-awaited ‘dark mode’ will switch on automatically to boost your phone’s battery life, according to reports.