WhatsApp to block screenshots to view images and videos once; Add a ‘Premium’ subscription: Report

Screenshot blocking for one-time viewing of images and videos

This feature is currently being rolled out for certain beta testers who install the app from the Play Store. Previously, users could just take a screenshot of the image or video that was intended to be viewed only once. But now the screenshot appears black for some while others can’t take any. What’s interesting is that even if you use a third-party extension, the image turns black.

This is really good news for those who share sensitive information via WhatsApp and want the recipient to see the video or picture only once. The developers are also actively working on improving the functionality, which means that any exploits that appear in the coming days could be patched in a future version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Premium

According to a report by WABetaInfo, the feature was announced back in May and offers advanced features like easy contacting customers and some improvements when connecting new devices. However, this is intended for those with a business account. WhatsApp Premium is currently available in beta for both Android and iOS, which users can sign up for through the Google Play Store and Apple’s Test Flight.

If you’re interested in trying out the optional feature, simply go to your WhatsApp Business account settings within the app and tap on the “WhatsApp Premium” section. When a business joins WhatsApp Premium by paying a subscription fee, they are eligible to enjoy two new features. The first allows users to create custom business links that redirect to the company landing page and allows users to initiate a conversation from a custom link.

If the user unsubscribes, the link expires. Also, the custom link can be changed every 90 days, and users can link up to ten devices.

Currently, the features are available for business users free of charge. Also, WhatsApp Premium will be rolling out to some users and will be available to regular business users in the coming months. Last month, WhatsApp was reportedly testing a new feature that would allow users to connect their accounts to an Android tablet.



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