Warning of WhatsApp banning billions of users from simple tricks forever – The Irish Sun

WHATSAPP is working on a way to ban users using a simple iPhone and Android trick.

It means millions won’t be able to perform a common function – all in the name of privacy.

Screenshot blocking is coming to WhatsApp

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Screenshot blocking is coming to WhatsAppPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

Meta boss and WhatsApp owner Mark Zuckerberg wants to ban you from taking screenshots of View Once messages.

The news was announced back in August but is now available for some users to test.

tech sniffer dogs WABetaInfo discovered the feature in the beta version of WhatsApp on Android.

That means users of the beta app can try it out.

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“WhatsApp is releasing a new version of View Once images and videos to prevent people from taking a screenshot or screen recording,” WABetaInfo explained.

If you try to take a screenshot, it will be completely black.

And for some users, the ability to take screenshots disappears completely.

There are some interesting caveats to the new feature.

For example, if your screenshot attempt is blocked, the sender will not receive a notification.

And trying to record the screen is also forbidden.

You can still capture disappearing messages, but not images or videos once viewed.

You also can’t share, export, or save View Once images and videos – although you already can.

“WhatsApp continues to work to improve detection of these attempts to take screenshots unnoticed, and more improvements may become available in the future,” WABetaInfo explained.

Of course, the system is not foolproof.

It’s entirely possible that someone is using another phone or device with a camera to physically capture the screen.

There is no way WhatsApp is logging this and it is impossible to stop it.

So always consider whether you consent to a message that has been displayed being saved via this mechanism.

If you are very suspicious of the content you send, consider not sharing it at all.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear when screenshot blocking will go live in the general release version of WhatsApp.

If you want to join the beta and try new WhatsApp features first, follow our guide below.

How to join WhatsApp Beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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