Be aware while taking screenshots on messenger

Mark Zuckerberg, the tech billionaire and CEO of Meta, has issued a cautionary message to Facebook users, advising against taking screenshots of their chat conversations. Facebook’s Messenger platform has become a hub for sharing thoughts and discussions, facilitated by the option to send disappearing messages that automatically vanish after a designated time period.

Zuckerberg recently unveiled a fresh update that urges users to refrain from capturing screenshots of their chats. This update also introduces playful enhancements to encrypted conversations, such as GIFs, stickers, and reaction options.

In a lighthearted demonstration, Zuckerberg illustrated how this notification would function, using a humorous interaction with his spouse, Priscilla Chan. After cracking a joke about a supercomputer, he simulated his spouse taking a screenshot to exemplify the notification mechanism. This feature mirrors the concept already employed by Snapchat, where messages and media disappear after a set duration.

“New update for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message,” Zuckerberg explained.

Zuckerberg, along with his university peers, launched Facebook in 2004, and he gained renown as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. His involvement with the platform has persisted, despite Facebook’s encounters with legal and political scrutiny, particularly concerning user privacy and related issues. Now, Zuckerberg is issuing a significant warning to the Facebook community.

The Messenger app recently introduced a “Vanish mode” feature, allowing users to set their messages to automatically disappear. This step was taken in response to security concerns and the ongoing discourse about freedom of speech and online safety. By swiping up within an existing chat thread, users can activate Vanish mode, which can be toggled back to regular mode with another swipe.

Bridget Pujals, Messenger Product Manager, and Manik Singh, Instagram Product Manager, emphasized that “vanish mode” was designed with safety and user control in mind.

This move follows WhatsApp’s introduction of a feature that causes messages to disappear after seven days. According to the company, this timeframe balances the need for conversations not to be permanent while ensuring practicality.

Zuckerberg previously stated, “We built vanish mode with safety and choice in mind, so you control your experience.” When a user captures a snapshot during vanish mode, a message will notify Instagram and Facebook users.

Furthermore, Facebook’s overarching aim is to make WhatsApp conversations feel as close to in-person exchanges as possible, underscoring their commitment to privacy.

Currently, Facebook is testing a disappearing messages feature across Messenger and Instagram. Dubbed “Vanish mode,” this innovation enables messages to fade away once viewed and the conversation is exited.

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