Whatsapp messages could soon disappear as soon as they’re read

WhatsApp continues to work on disappearing messages with its most extreme version yet: View Once messages à la Snapchat.

Instead of having to choose between 24 hours and 90 days for a message to disappear forever, these texts will delete themselves immediately upon opening. These texts also cannot be forwarded to another user or copied to a device. And according to WABetaInfo, which found the upcoming feature, there will be a slightly different icon for these messages: an arrow with a lock on it. At this point, it’s unknown what the update will do for taking screenshots of View Once messages. WABetaInfo can’t confirm whether taking screenshots is blocked or not as the feature is still in beta, but since this is part of WhatsApp owner Meta’s efforts to support user privacy, chances are this is will be a function.

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