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WhatsApp may introduce self-destruct photos feature: Report

WhatsApp said it will continue to roll out its update policy despite backlash.   | Photo Credit: AFP

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WhatsApp may roll out a feature similar to Snapchat’s, which will make photos from the sender disappear after the receiver opens it. The feature is likely to be available in a future app update in both Android and iOS devices, according to WhatsApp news portal WABetaInfo.

Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned app hasn’t implemented a screenshot detection feature on the app yet, the portal noted.

The update is yet another measure taken by the Facebook-owned company to reassure its users of privacy and security, following the controversial privacy policy debacle. WhatsApp said it will continue rolling out its update policy despite backlash.

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One of the primary features of multimedia messaging app Snapchat is that photos and texts sent on the app are only accessible for a specific period of time. The app’s userbase in India crossed 60 million in the December quarter, and its daily active users grew 150% in the same period.

WhatsApp rolled out the ‘disappearing messages’ feature last year, which makes messages inaccessible after seven days. Facebook-owned Instagram and Messenger followed the trend and introduced Vanish Mode later in November.

Recently, Dubai-based Telegram launched the same feature for private and group chats.

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