Over the course of the past few months, Facebook has been working hard to bring Snapchat’s main features to its suite of products — including WhatsApp — and now it looks like its efforts are finally paying off.
During its Q1 earnings call on Wednesday, the social networking giant revealed that WhatsApp’s recently-implemented 24-hour Status feature has amassed 175 million daily users, overtaking Snapchat Stories which currently has around 161 million.
What’s particularly interesting, however, is that more than half of Snapchat’s user base refrain from visiting Facebook on a daily basis, according to App Annie research shared with Bloomberg.
Talk about bad timing!
Facebook couldn’t have announced the news at a worse time. Shortly after it made the revelation, WhatsApp suffered a major service outage across the globe, lasting for a little more than two hours.
Users weren’t happy, to say the least.