Beware of the unique display of WhatsApp: screenshots can be taken

Beware of the unique display of WhatsApp: screenshots can be taken

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Beware of the unique display of WhatsApp: screenshots can be taken

The messaging platform more popularof the world recently launched a new feature highly demanded by users: WhatsApp already allows you to take photos or videos with a single view or that disappear from chat once the recipient has opened them.

According to the company, this new feature increase privacy users, but has a problem: unlike Instagram, Snapchat or Telegram, WhatsApp it will not notify the sender if the receiver has taken a screenshot of the single-view media element.

In this way, the new function, which apparently does not represent any inconvenience since it is only recommended use it with trusted people, could create risky situations such as extortion or sexual harassment.

The company ensures that the new unique display function allows send disappearing photos and videos, which gives users greater control over their privacy.

WhatsApp “See Once” allows you to send self-destructing photos and videos.

WhatsApp assured in this regard that the contents that are seen only once and then self-delete are protected by end-to-end encryption, like the chats and the rest of the content that is shared in them.

However, this same function could reveal sensitive documentation, such as a photo of the DNI or photos of a sexual nature and create a false sense of securityespecially among minors, who tend to be less aware of the risk of sending intimate photos or videos through social networks.

WhatsApp’s “Single View” could promote grooming or also known as cyberbullying to minors.

The adult could create a bond of trust with a minor through this tool and ask for photos or videos because theoretically, after viewing, it disappears, but a capture can be made and it is not registered or notified to the issuer.

The “single view” is available to all WhatsApp users who have updated to the latest version of the application.

How to Submit Single View Photos

  1. Open an individual or group chat.
  2. Press the camera icon to take a photo or record a video or select a media file from your albums. You can also do it by tapping the attach icon and then tapping the following.
  3. Hit the “1” icon in the dialog box, and hit submit.
  4. As soon as you have seen it, the image will be deleted from the chat and you will not be able to open it again

WhatsApp beta problems

Beyond the new features, the messenger continues to prepare for its next update. Meanwhile, the beta version is undergoing problems loading old messages conversations due to a bug that only shows the most recent messages.

The bug was reported in the latest update released for WhatsApp beta on Android (v2.21.16.9). It mainly affects mobile phones, but some users have also indicated problems on WhatsApp Web.

Beware of the unique display of WhatsApp: screenshots can be taken

The trial version of WhatsApp has problems loading old messages. Photo: Shutterstock

Due to the inconvenience, the conversations keep the recent messages, but prevents access to the old when starting an upload process that does not finish, as the affected users have shared on portals such as Reddit.

The beta version of WhatsApp is part of a testing program that allows users who participate in it to access some functions that the company is working on before they reach the stable or final version.

With information from La Vanguardia.