WhatsApp seems to be planning to add a new privacy feature for its users. The company is working on a View Once text feature, as per the screenshots shared by WaBetaInfo. WhatsApp is already one of the best private messaging apps in the world and the company is gradually adding more features to offer a better experience to users. While WhatsApp already offers the option to delete messages, the platform is giving more options to offer better privacy.
As per the screenshots shared by the cited source, WhatsApp is planning to add a new special button in the chat that will let you send messages that disappear from your chat after the recipient has opened them once. The app will also let the sender see if a recipient has opened a View Once text if they have read receipts turned on.
The feature might be visible for some of the users who are using the beta version. One will witness a lock symbol in chat, just on the Send button which will allow you to send View Once messages. The cited source is claiming that the latest feature is under development, and that the platform could decide to change the placement of the feature before the release.
“This is very useful when you share very important information and you want to immediately delete them from the recipient’s phone for added privacy so you don’t even need to delete the View Once text for everyone since it will be automatically deleted,” the platform.
The ability to send View Once text messages will be rolled out in a future update of WhatsApp beta for Android, as per the report. The app has an end-to-end encryption feature, so that no one can access or view your personal messages. There are features like View Once for photos or videos that let the receiver check the content only once.
Of course, this feature doesn’t give you complete privacy and there is a loophole. The platform now blocks the receiver from taking a screenshot of the content that has been sent using the View Once. But, anyone could just hold the image or video and then take a click a photo of it using a second smartphone.