WhatsApp Rolls Out ‘View Once’ Voice Message Feature
Heightened Privacy for Sensitive Voice Messages
WhatsApp announced on Friday the introduction of a new feature that allows users to send voice messages that automatically disappear after being listened to. The messaging platform is extending its privacy-focused functionality to audio messages, offering users additional reassurance when sharing sensitive information like credit card details. However, this also means that potentially incriminating voice messages will cease to exist once this functionality becomes part of the popular messenger app on smartphones worldwide.
How It Works
The View Once audio messages will bear a distinct “one-time” icon, ensuring they can only be played once. To send a View Once audio message, users will need to select the “View Once” option when sending a voice message. This process involves opening an individual or group chat, tapping the microphone, swiping up to lock the recording, holding down the record button, and finally selecting the “view once” icon before hitting send. The global rollout of View Once audio messages on WhatsApp is expected to take place in the immediate future.
Added Security Measures
WhatsApp stated that unopened “View Once” media and voice messages can be restored from backups. However, once opened, the content will not be included in backups and, therefore, cannot be restored. Additionally, users won’t be able to take screenshots of “View Once” media, adding an extra layer of security to the disappearing voice messages.
WhatsApp’s new feature is set to provide users with an extra layer of privacy for their disappearing voice messages, offering heightened security and reassurance when sharing sensitive information.
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