Recently, WhatsApp has been testing a lot of features on the Beta version before bringing it to everyone. One such is to let users mute the videos before sharing. Today, WABetainfo has unearthed yet another feature and it could make you send disappearing photos.
WhatsApp is said to be working on a few features that will let users send disappearing/self-destructing photos. WABetainfo has showcased the new feature via a Tweet in which we can see a new icon appearing inside the edit section of the media before sharing it.
As per the update, a ‘blue color’ toggle beside the ‘Add Caption’ textbox. Clicking on it will show a pop-up message that says, “This media will disappear, once you leave this chat”. This concept comes to a couple of months after it rolled out the disappearing messages feature.
However, this could turn out as yet another useless feature as WABetaInfo says that so far WhatsApp hasn’t added a way to prevent users from getting access to the media. That is, it says that the receiver can take a screenshot of this disappearing photo and the sender won’t even be notified of it.
WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.
• Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.
• WhatsApp didn't implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet.
Same concept from Instagram Direct. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
It’s also worth noting that the company hasn’t added similar security features to the disappearing messages yet. Either way, the disappearing media feature isn’t new to Facebook, which currently owns WhatsApp. This is because we have already seen a similar photo/video disappearing feature on Instagram.
Anyway, we don’t know when WhatsApp will start rolling the feature. However, we do know that the company is working for both the Android and iOS versions. And not just that, the company has been improving its Web/Desktop app too. It recently enabled biometric authentication and Audio & video calling features on PC.
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