Facebook To Alert Users When Messages Are Screenshotted
Facebook To Alert Users When Messages Are Screenshotted (Alamy)
Facebook Messenger will soon notify its users when their chat has been screenshotted, Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
Clandestine screenshots are a blessing and curse; they can be playful and mischievous, used to capture hilarious moments in group chats before being shared online; they allow friends in the midst of an argument to keep others in the loop, or seek emotional support from an outsider; or at their worst, they allow people to save intimate things and share them without permission.
In order to ensure more security for its users, Messenger is getting the Snapchat treatment; in other words, if you use the ‘disappearing messages’ feature, the other user will be notified if you try to screenshot the chat.
Late last week, Zuckerberg shared a screenshot of a conversation with his wife, Priscilla Chan. ‘New update for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message. We’re also adding GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats too,’ he wrote.
The photo shows a notification that reads, ‘Priscilla turned on disappearing messages. All new messages will be removed 12 hours after you have seen them,’ as well as a dad joke.
This is currently only available to users in the US, and is expected to rollout to Europe in the coming weeks.
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