Whatsapp is one of the most used social media applications, with almost 2 billion people signed in across the globe. The company along with other tech giants have been facing increased criticism due to a perceived privacy intrusion by these applications on the web. This is especially in light of an update earlier this year that forced users to share their WhatsApp data across Facebook’s other subsidiaries Instagram and Facebook.
However, Facebook seems to have turned a corner and are now trying to find ways to renew confidence in their products. One has come in the form of an update on WhatsApp that will see its privacy status improved with many features incorporated on it.
WhatsApp says it wants to give users more freedom and control over photo and media sharing over the messaging app. The communication company unveiled a feature that allowed them to send disappearing messages on iOS and android testers. Whatsapp dubbed the new feature ‘View Once’ which was released to iOS beta testers in June. The feature mimics a similar tool on Snapchat that has been in effect for years.
It allows users to send photos and videos in Whatsapp chats that then disappear after they are viewed. As reported by WABetaInfo the application will not prevent others from taking screenshots as that is enabled. However, the content will disappear in the sender chat and on the receiver’s end if ‘View Once’ is enabled.
Whatsapp and Instagram are applications owned by Facebook which has tried to enable the privacy feature across its media. By looking out for an “opened” message, users of View Once will be able to see when their content has been viewed. More details include knowing who opened your photo or video, these will appear in the “message info”.
Whatsapp has also recently allowed users to send messages that automatically delete themselves after a fortnight. There is however nothing to preventing users from taking screenshots and doing so will just offer users a wrong sense of security because nobody knows what users would send.
In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart personally revealed the feature to WABEtaInfo. This clearly tells us that we will be able to get it soon. In his words, Zuckerberg mentioned the disappearing mode which would make all your messages in all your chats to disappear.
This latest Whatsapp feature shows how the communication platform has really improved in recent weeks making things easier for both the user and shareholders. Being fast, simple, and convenient for family and friends to chat, create group texts, share photos and videos, and send and receive documents. It has also witnessed rampant growth because of high youth involvement on the platform.