WhatsApp has removed the feature that let you set an away message and has added this instead
WhatsApp has indicated that the About Status will roll out to all Android users over the next week and is coming soon to iPhone. Users can open the About section of their profile to set a text Status, and view other people’s by opening their contact when starting a new chat thread or looking at group chat info.
WhatsApp provided this statement:
“We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings.
Now, users’ update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info.
At the same time, we’re continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day.”