WhatsApp’s intention to advance in the gradual integration of new functions continues. A few days ago we learned that the surveys could arrive soon and that video calls of up to 32 people are being tested. Today we know that WhatsApp will block screenshots and screen recordings of ephemeral photos and videos that are sent and received through the application. This puts an end to a security problem intrinsic to a function itself whose motivation was none other than the duration of the single-use content.
On November 1, WhatsApp will block the capture of ephemeral photos and videos
A few months ago they arrived on WhatsApp single-use photos and videos or ephemeral. It is a type of content that we can send through individual or group conversations with the aim that this content is only available once for viewing. However, until now users could make screenshots or screen recordings capturing that ephemeral content without the other user being notified.
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WhatsApp is releasing screenshot blocking for view once images and videos to some beta testers!https://t.co/fXvDQIlSxi pic.twitter.com/tIiR3FpBNs
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 4, 2022
But that’s going to end. The beta version of WhatsApp has introduced a change that will take effect on next November 1. The possibility of capturing a screenshot or video of the screen will be blocked in order to prevent this misuse of the original function. In fact with this announcement also comes the cancellation of the visualization and sending of any type of content of a single visualization from WhatsApp Web or the desktop version.
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The reason is very simple. The maneuvers to make captures or recordings in desktop operating systems are much more complex than to block them from within an application. That is why users will not have the option to receive or send this type of content from the desktop app or the web version.