It has been revealed that WhatsApp developers are working on a new feature for the Android and iOS version of the app. Revealed by WABetaInfo, this feature, which will be available in a future update, enables photos sent in chats to self-destruct. Just like the “disappearing messages” that started to become widespread a while ago, now “self-destructing photos” will enter our lives.
WhatsApp users will see a new clock-like icon on the photo sending page with the introduction of the new feature. The user who clicks this button before sending the image will have sent a self-destructing photo. However, this time, a specific date adjustment will not be made as in the messages. As soon as you leave the chat page, that image will disappear and will not be able to be viewed again.
WaBetaInfo has also reported that one won’t be able to export or save self-destruct photos from WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
• 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
The feature WhatsApp is developing is the kind that users who share private images can love. However, according to the reviews made by WABetaInfo, this feature has a big deficiency: WhatsApp didn’t implement a screenshot detection for the feature yet. So when you share a self-destructing photo on the app, people will be able to take a screenshot of that photo. It is not known whether the feature will have a screenshot detection feature when it comes to the stable version.