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A lot of messaging apps these days allow you to send disappearing messages as a form of privacy accorded to the respective users.
Whether you feel the need to send disappearing messages in the first place is completely your prerogative. But there are useful real-world applications (not the mobile kind, haha) for them.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently in the process of developing a disappearing images function.
The popular WhatsApp features tracker posted a series of screenshots on Twitter, detailing the use of the upcoming function:
WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.
• 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
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
Slated to work in both private and group chats, the new vanishing or self-destructing images function looks pretty easy to use, according to the screenshots.
In the image preview window, a new toggle will be present next to the typing area. Tapping on it will bring up an alert that reads, “This media will disappear once you leave this chat.”.
Except it’s not.
IMAGE: Anthony Tran / Unsplash
You see, there’s no security measure (as of yet) that prevents users from taking screenshots of the images when they realize they can’t export or save it.
Similarly, the messaging app won’t alert the image sender that the recipient has taken a screenshot. So that’s probably one privacy concern WhatsApp needs to address further down the development line before public rollout.
It’s important to note that WhatsApp already has a disappearing messages feature, so this new images counterpart is definitely a welcome addition, no matter how flawed it currently is.
But who knows, maybe all the kinks will be fixed by the time you and I get to use the feature for ourselves.
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ที่มา : Mashable