In August last year, WhatsApp rolled out a new “View Once” feature that allowed users to share media that is hidden on the platform. But it didn’t show screenshot blocking at launch, which means recipients have the option to save the disappearing media to their phone by taking a quick screenshot. This rendered the feature useless. WhatsApp is now finally bringing screenshot blocking of display messages once to correct this glaring issue, along with a couple of other privacy features.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Meta, the parent organization of WhatsApp, recently announced three new privacy features for the popular messaging platform. This includes blocking the screenshot of display messages once, an option to leave groups silently, and the ability to choose who can see them when you’re online.
Blocking the screenshot for viewing once messages will essentially prevent recipients from taking a screenshot of the disappearing media, which ultimately makes the feature useful. It is currently being tested and will be rolled out to all users soon. WhatsApp is working on an option to allow users to hide their online status for some time now. We spotted the feature in development in beta a few weeks ago, and now Zuckerberg has finally confirmed its existence. The feature will reportedly start rolling out to all users later this month.
Finally, WhatsApp users will soon be able to exit groups without notifying all other participants, making things less difficult. However, group admins will still be notified when someone leaves. Like the upcoming See Status Online option, this change will be rolled out to users later this month.
Besides these three new privacy features, WhatsApp has also launched a new campaign to educate users about its new features and “Its continued commitment to protecting users’ private conversations.”
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