WhatsApp is developing a new privacy feature to increase the security of media items like images and videos shared with the “View Once” setting. Users of WhatsApp won’t be able to screenshot the View Once media assets.
Although users can only open the View Once media files once, you can still screenshot them. However, once the new functionality is implemented, users won’t be able to take screenshots of the same. As a result, the media file you’ve shared with others will be safer and more secure.
According to a report in WABetaInfo, Meta made the feature available to Android beta and iOS beta users only in WhatsApp update version 22.214.171.124.
WhatsApp users will have more control over how their information is received, shared, and retained by third parties. A warning message stating “Can’t capture screenshots due to security policy” would appear on the screen if someone attempts to screenshot “View Once” media, according to the source. Furthermore, the net will be blank or black even if someone manages to record it or take a screenshot.
The app had previously advised users to “only share photographs or videos with ‘View Once’ feature activated to trusted individuals” due to the possibility of the recipients taking a screenshot or screen capture of the media before it vanishes. But after the recent upgrade, nobody would be able to screenshot or screen record the media.
In the meantime, WhatsApp has unveiled a new privacy feature that enables users to control who may see their online status and prevent others from viewing it.
According to WhatsApp development tracker WabetaInfo, the new hide online status option is currently accessible to Android beta users.