The WhatsApp messenger (owned by Facebook) has added the ability to send so-called “one-time view media.” This was reported by the edition Engadget.
Users can take a photo or video “single view media” by clicking on the special icon. Unlike regular photo or video messages, “one-time view media” do not preview the chat and cannot be uploaded to the drive. Once opened, they become inaccessible for later viewing. A similar feature, similar to Snapchat’s temporary messages, is found in Messenger and Instagram, other Facebook products, and Signal.
Facеbook positions the function for “private moments” or sending confidential information like passwords from Wi-Fi. The help article celebrated that the recipient can take a screenshot, record the screen, or capture it with another device when opening the “disposable” photo/video. WhatsApp will not notify the sender of the screenshot, as Snapchat does. Also, “single-view media files” can be stored on WhatsApp servers for up to several weeks, and in case of complaints, the files will be sent to the company.