A new update from the popular messaging app, WhatsApp, may prevent users from taking screenshots of private chats. This feature comes as part of the messaging app’s commitment to the security and privacy of its users.
According to a blog post on WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned messaging app will block screenshots from being captured if enabled. The said feature will work under the new fingerprint feature.
WABetaInfo is a blog that publishes about beta versions of the WhatsApp app and discloses new features coming on the app. The site shared a screenshot showing that the chat-screenshot blocking option will work under the fingerprint feature.
From the screenshot posted by WABetaInfo, a message appears when the fingerprint feature is turned on. The message goes:
When enabled, fingerprint is required to open WhatsApp and conversation screenshots are blocked. You can still reply to messages from notifications and answer calls if WhatsApp is locked.”
This essentially means that you will not be able to take shots of your own chats. Why WhatsApp is making this feature work this way is really not clear here. Why does it have to work with the fingerprint security feature?
The site that first published about the feature also expressed confusion. In the blog post, the site wrote, “We do not know why WhatsApp decided to prevent screenshots when fingerprint is enabled, and personally I don’t know if users like the idea”.
Can’t WhatsApp make this feature standalone so that users would have to go and switch it on if they want to? Well, it’s not fully developed yet, since the fingerprint feature is still work in progress.
The “no screenshot” is not the only feature the app is testing. WhatsApp is also planning to roll out animated stickers, which will be included in WhatsApp sticker packs.