WhatsApp has introduced its own View Once feature, which deletes photos or videos from the chat after the recipient opens it. The platform is looking to better compete with the Snapchat image messaging app.
When sending a photo or video, you can choose to view this content only once by clicking the 1 button to the right of the send button. After the recipient opens it, it is deleted.
Once the multimedia content is displayed, the message is displayed as open. The recipient can see that this is a hidden image. So it’s a feature you may want to use with people you trust won’t take a screenshot (you won’t know if they did).
In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the feature would be coming. This is despite the paucity of details on the date of its launch.
As an example of how to use the feature, the platform uses the example of sending an image of sensitive information. Like your network password wireless or share a photo of some clothes you tried on
There are probably other less useful uses for this type of functionality. But in either way, it’s worth choosing between hiding the app’s messages, which currently disappear after a week, and the permanent chat history.
Snapchat, known for its Stories feature that allows users to post updates that disappear after 24 hours, has grown in popularity over the past year as pandemic restrictions have kept users at home.
The company has also added new features to its messaging app to attract more users.
Facebook says the new feature is a move to give users more control over their privacy.
“Sometimes users may want to share sensitive content that shouldn’t be logged in permanently, “he added. With a one-time view, they can make sure the content disappears after opening it.
The company also talked about bringing end-to-end encryption to its range of messaging services. He plans to make it interoperable in future.
WhatsApp enabled end-to-end encryption by default in 2016. But for Messenger and Instagram, the premium privacy measure may still be a long way off.
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