WhatsApp’s new disappearing photos feature, which self-destructs images and videos after a single viewing, might not be as private as it seems.
It’s called View Once, and it lets you choose to send an image that can only be opened and viewed once. Recipients cannot forward, save, star, or share photos or videos sent this way, and any media not opened for 14 days will disappear. Or will it?
“As someone who works in a privacy protection company, I say that disappearing messages, images, and voicemails do not guarantee the protection of your privacy. Screenshots, autosave, and other features could still save them if the recipeint wanted to. With that truth, this type of feature could give the sender a false impression of security,” Chris Worrell, chief privacy officer of Privacy Bee, told Lifewire via email.