Many WhatsApp users are already in an uproar over the app’s imminent privacy terms revision, but WhatsApp is already working on incorporating safety-focused functionality. It was discovered by WABetaInfo that upcoming WhatsApp builds would have the functionality of a self-destructing photo for both Android and iOS.
The functionality, detailed in screenshots, isn’t a novel concept. It’s been found previously on a variety of other chat applications.
The feature functions like Instagram Direct. Tapping a small button beside the caption editor enables the self-destructing feature for images. Enabling the feature will ensure that the image can’t be exported from WhatsApp, and that when a recipient exits the chat, the image terminates. This button is also the timer for a self-destructing number.
The new feature will be available in both group and private chats. Until you tap on the image, image previews in chats will be obscured.
The feature comes after WhatsApp launched self-destructing messages in November 2020. But the self-destructing messages feature lacks a few key privacy features. The content of these messages is saved to the recipient’s device. Images that self-destruct at least increases privacy and offers senders control over their media.
According to WABetaInfo, when the self-destructing images are released, a screenshot ban is also in the works.