FACEBOOK Messenger just received a major update – but it comes with a caveat.
The tech giant will send alerts to the popular chat app when your privacy may be compromised.
Yesterday, Facebook Mark Zuckerberg announced that all Messenger chats can be encrypted.
But there’s a new warning for anyone sending Disappearing Messages.
If you send a message that automatically disappears, you’ll be alerted if the recipient takes a screenshot.
This is to let you know that the recipient has a copy of the message stored, which will persist after the original text has been deleted.
It’s an important warning that you should heed whenever you send a Disappearing Message.
Otherwise, your Disappearing Messages may give you a false sense of security.
“New update to end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone takes a screenshot of a disappearing message,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
“We’re also adding GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats.”
Disappearing messages are a great way to protect yourself online.
But as Facebook’s warning demonstrates, disappearing texts are not without fault.
If you’re concerned about a message being screenshotted, consider whether sending it is really a good idea.
There may be a better way to share feelings, such as through a real-life conversation if possible.
To get the new feature, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Facebook.
You can do this by checking the App Store on iPhone or Google Play Store on Android.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, recently added Disappearing Messages to WhatsApp.
A rival chat app also had a similar problem with screenshots.
But Meta has yet to include screenshot warnings on WhatsApp chats.
It is possible – but not confirmed – that such a feature may appear in a future update.
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