This means that anyone can find your number- if you are a WhatsApp web user with a proper query googled and your number will pop up. As the search result will show the number only, and not your name. However, with a simple application called Truecaller, the number can be searched and your identity can also be detected.
Taking to Twitter, many social media users have shown their disappointment on the social media application, see tweets and memes here:
— Arun Kumar Singh ?? (@imrajaArun) January 17, 2021
— Pratik singh Rajput (@pratiksingh648) January 17, 2021
Dear Whatsapp, pehli baat to maine tumhara number save nahi kiya but still you get into my phone and asking me to see the status ?. Tumhara app hai to kch bhi karoge?. You don’t share my contacts but do you share my photos?☹️@WhatsApp#WhatsappStatus pic.twitter.com/2T4G2pAhLz
— Parwez Alam (@parwezzzz) January 17, 2021
— Ajay Ja!swal (@ajayjaiswalnp) January 17, 2021
— Lavkush yadav (@Lavkush44167814) January 17, 2021