An instant messaging app owned by Facebook, WhatsApp is currently testing an authentication feature that would prevent users from taking screenshots of their private conversations.
WhatsApp might not let you take screenshots of your chats
The new feature is part of a host of security changes the app has been tuned and introduced on, in line with the app’s commitment to user privacy, the Independent Web Portal reported on Tuesday.
The block screenshot feature would be made available to users whenever WhatsApp plans to release the “Authentication” feature, which is currently under development.
Before accessing the app, the “Authentication” feature would require users to confirm their identity through their fingerprints, WABetaInfo reported.
While activating the feature, even after confirming their identity, users would not be able to take screenshots of their chats.
“Fingerprint security: When this option is enabled, a fingerprint is required to open WhatsApp and the screenshots of the conversation are blocked. You can still reply to notifications messages and answer calls if WhatsApp is locked, ”reads a screenshot of the beta of the ‘Authentication’ feature.
Information about this upcoming feature has confused users.
“I do not understand. What’s the point. How is this useful? You have fingerprinted security, which means your chat is secure. Why block the screenshot, after you have your own chat, it’s your own WhatsApp, you should be able to do whatever you want, ”one user replied on WABeta’s tweet informing users of the feature .
Details regarding the deployment of the feature remain unknown.