After adding the disappearing messages feature in 2020, Instant messaging and voice-over-IP service WhatsApp, is now working on an extreme version of that option.
As per Mashable, a tech news and entertainment website, while initially limited to just one option (disappearing after 7 days), WhatsApp later expanded the disappearing messages feature to also allow for messages that disappear after 24 hours or 90 days.
Now, Mashable has reported that WABetaInfo suggests that the extreme version of this option would be a message that can only be viewed once by both the sender and the recipient before it vanishes. The new feature can be found in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android, version 220.127.116.11. Once a user sends such a message, the recipient cannot share or forward the message.
This feature already exists for photos and videos in WhatsApp. When a user sends a viewable photo or video, the person on the other end cannot take a screenshot; Presumably, the same functionality will be enabled for once-viewed messages as well, Mashable reported.
For photos and videos, the view-once functionality is enabled by selecting an image or video to send and then tapping on the encircled ‘1’ icon on the right side of the caption prompt.
There’s currently a special send button icon with an added padlock for text messages, though according to Mashable, the design may change once it comes out of beta.