Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp may be working on a new self-destructing images feature that will make images sent on a chat disappear for both the receiver and the sender. This will be similar to the disappearing messages feature that WhatsApp Messenger introduced back in November last year. The upcoming feature was spotted by WABetaInfo, a website that (quite accurately) tracks WhatsApp development.
In a tweet, WABetaInfo said that WhatsApp’s disappearing images feature will be similar to the disappearing image concept of Instagram Direct. From the screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, it can be seen that WhatsApp will add a new toggle button next to the text box in the image preview (while sending images) window. Tapping the toggle button will show a pop-up saying “This media will disappear once you leave this chat.” Users will then be able to share the image that will automatically disappear as soon as they leave the chat.
WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.• Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.• WhatsApp didn't implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet.Same concept from Instagram Direct. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
Those who receive a self-destructing image will also be alerted about the self-destructing traits. Upon opening a disappearing image, users will see a notification with the same message. WABetaInfo also said that WhatsApp won’t allow users to export these self-destructing images. However, there is not measures in place for taking screenshots, giving users a workaround if they wish to save any of the disappearing images they receive. It won’t even alert the sender in case a screenshot is taken for the said image.