WhatsApp Introduces New Privacy Features

WhatsApp’s “View Once” feature will soon start blocking screenshots.

In August last year, WhatsApp rolled out a new “View Once” feature that allows users to share lost media on the platform, but it didn’t offer screenshot blocking at launch, meaning recipients had the option to take a quick screenshot of the lost media and save it to their phone.

This rendered the feature completely useless. WhatsApp has finally announced that it has started working on blocking the screenshot of View Once messages to fix this glaring issue along with a few other privacy features. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of top company Meta, recently announced three new privacy features for the popular messaging platform .

What are the New Features of WhatsApp?


These include screenshot blocking for View Once messages, the option to silently leave groups, and the ability to choose who can see it when you’re online. Screenshot blocking for View Once messages will prevent recipients from taking screenshots of lost media, eventually making the feature useful.

WhatsApp has been working on an option for a while that would allow users to hide their online status. We spotted the feature in development in a beta a few weeks ago, and Zuckerberg has finally confirmed the feature’s existence. The feature will reportedly start rolling out to all users this month, so we won’t have to wait long.

Finally, WhatsApp users will soon be able to leave groups without notifying all other participants, which will make things less awkward, but group admins will still be notified when someone leaves. Like the upcoming online status visibility option, this change will roll out to users later this month.

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