WhatsApp is following in the footsteps of Snapchat and Instagram with self-destructing photos set to roll out to iOS and Android in a future update.
The privacy-heavy app is set to implement the new feature, which allows users to view media that will disappear once they've exited the chat. Instagram's disappearing direct messages will alert the sender if the recipient takes a screenshot, and Snapchat has a similar notification that lets you know if someone's been grabbing screenshots.
WABetaInfo (opens in new tab) has spotted the upcoming self-destructing photos feature, but explains that "WhatsApp doesn't really like the idea of screenshot detection" so it's not clear if we'll see these notifications added to the app alongside self-destructing photos, but the feature is pretty pointless without them.
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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/LLsezVL2HjMarch 3, 2021
Disappearing media can't be exported from WhatsApp either, so if it's going down the Instagram route, users are going to need some level of assurance that their self-destructing photos will work as intended, and can't be saved by the recipient; and if someone takes a screenshot, you'll want to know about it. You can see what the feature is set to look like in action in the tweet above.