WhatsApp could offer a new feature that self-destructs media files

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WABetaInfo, which tracks the development of new WhatsApp functions, recently revealed that the company may be developing a new feature which will self-destruct media files after someone has viewed it.

WABetaInfo reportedly became aware of the planned development when it analysed the WhatsApp beta update for Android, which includes references for a new feature called “Expiring Media.”

According to the authoritative publication, the new function will probably be called “View Once” which was how a new button on the latest update was tagged. Users will have the option to send an “expiring” image, video or GIF to a contact, which can only be viewed once by the recipient.

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It someone screenshots the expiring file, it remains unclear whether the sender will be notified, unlike Snapchat which does notify a user when their content has been duplicated without consent.

“Expiring messages will appear in a different way in the conversation, so you can easily understand that the image is going to expire,” WABetaInfo said. The platform also reported that WhatsApp is planning to add a new security feature which will require fingerprints to view messages.

Both of the planned new features are still under development and do not have an official launch date yet. Read more trending news, right here.

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