WhatsApp is working on some new features which are somewhat inspired by Snapchat. In the future it should be possible to send pictures that destroy themselves instantly. However, even with Snapchat, they have not invented the usual protection against unwanted protection of such recordings. The extent to which such functions are actually useful is questionable.
WhatsApp is working on the implementation of new functions. In the future, Messenger will likely offer a feature that users are already familiar with, similar to Snapchat current beta From WhatsApp for Android and iOS. Here, users can send self-destructing media. These are removed after the first viewing. However, this does not guarantee that the recipient will not eventually make a copy.
WhatsApp won’t show if a screenshot is being taken, which can lead the sender to a false sense of security. In any case, there is no software-based solution against physical reproduction of the displayed image.
Extended use of in-app notifications
WhatsApp will show the sender as soon as the recipient opens the media file. We are also working on expanded functionality of in-app notifications. In the future, the recipient can also scroll through the chat preview here, but the received message is still not marked as read. Various of these innovations are currently being tested in different versions of beta. When the new functions will be rolled out to all users and whether they will roll out on iOS or Android or at the same time for all users, remains to be seen.
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