- WhatsApp offers users more control over the images and videos they post through the messaging service.
- WhatsApp would not warn users if receivers snap screenshots of their vanishing material.
- It looks to be quite similar to the functionality available on Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
Vanishing Images and Videos
WhatsApp appears to want to offer users more control over the images and videos they post through the messaging service. The firm recently revealed to iOS and Android beta testers a new function that allows users to send vanishing messages.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp pushed out the “View Once” functionality for iOS users immediately after it was introduced for Android users in late June. Users may transmit images and movies that will disappear from WhatsApp chats once they have been seen once.
It looks to be quite similar to the functionality available on Instagram and Facebook Messenger, with the exception that Instagram enables senders to let receivers view the item once more before it disappears All of these capabilities, of course, are based on the concept popularized by the original vanishing media network: Snapchat.
No prohibition from Screenshots
Notably, images acquired by WABetaInfo show that the program does not prohibit others from taking screenshots. If View Once is chosen, the content will be removed from the sender’s and recipient’s chats. Senders may determine if their content has been viewed in the conversation by looking for an “Opened” message. The functionality was also accessible for group conversations for Android users.
“For more privacy, your photo or video will disappear from the chat after the recipient opens it once,” the message announcing the feature in the app reads. “Remember, people can always take screenshots.”
No Perfect Method to prevent Screenshots
According to the allegation, WhatsApp would not warn users if receivers snap screenshots of their vanishing material. It says that this is due to the fact that there is no perfect method of preventing users from capturing screenshots and that professing to do so would give users a false feeling of security. Given what individuals write in conversations even when they are aware that others may snap screenshots, this is most likely correct. WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg directly confirmed this functionality to WABetaInfo in early June, so we can all expect it shortly. Zuckerberg also proposed a “disappearing mode,” in which all of your communications in all chats would vanish, rendering your WhatsApp experience “ephemeral,” in his words.