WhatsApp will allow sending images which will ‘self-destruct’

The photos will disappear

INSTANT messaging app WhatsApp is testing new features to allow messages with images to disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing whether it can allow these messages to disappear after 24 hours, announced WABetaInfo on Twitter, which keeps a close eye on WhatsApp related updates.

They later clarified that the feature has been supported for a few months, and is enabled if selected by a user. Disappearing WhatsApp messages became available to everyone in November 2020 although screenshots can still be taken and the sender is not alerted about this.

If the features are finally included, they will be similar to the existing seven-day auto-delete feature. The aim is to improve user security and privacy, but with ongoing complaints regarding their new privacy rules, it has been met with mockery.

It would make it impossible for photos to be exported or copied from the chat, although there is no function to detect screenshots. The exact release dates have not been mentioned.

The images will “self-destruct” when the user exits the conversation.

It can be selected when sending an image with an icon on the bottom left, and if selected, will alert the user that it will disappear.

Those who receive a ‘self-destructing’ image will receive a blurred miniature in the conversation, and before opening them, they are also alerted about the fact that they will disappear.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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