WhatsApp is developing function for messages that can only be read once;
Meta’s application already uses the resource for images and videos sent in the messenger;
The company has not yet announced how the feature will be applied.
WhatsApp, managed by Meta, is preparing a function to send single-view text messages, according to the WABetaInfo website. The feature would have similar utility to self-destructing videos and photos.
The novelty can allow sending messages that would be read only once, an ideal proposal for sharing sensitive data between users. Once closed, the text could not be viewed again, nor shared or forwarded to other people.
The company has not yet announced how the feature will be applied. Currently, self-destructing videos and photos, when opened, take up the recipient’s entire screen. As soon as the person finishes viewing, the media disappears.
WABetaInfo discovered the change via a pop-up warning of “Expired text. This text has expired. Please ask the [contato] to resend it” that was being used in the messaging application testing code.
There is also no word on when the feature will be released by Meta. Currently, the messenger allows you to activate the ability to make a shipment disappear in 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days. This can be started for private chats or groups.
WABetaInfo notes that this feature is still in the testing phase and may change or be scrapped entirely before the official release by Meta. Often, the company creates tests and then decides not to apply the new functions to the platforms it manages at the same time.
However, it is quite likely that the feature will first appear in development on other platforms.