WhatsApp will soon ban screenshot capture of profile photos

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This feature – already live on the Android beta version of the app – will help reduce the risk of profile photos being misused or distributed without permission.

Meta's popular messaging platform WhatsApp is set to introduce a new privacy feature for iOS users that prevents iPhone users from taking screenshots of another user's profile photo. WhatsApp had introduced this feature on the Android platform earlier this year.

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WhatsApp to disable screenshots of profile pictures for iOS users: Key details

According to a new report from WABetaInfo, with the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS version, WhatsApp users will not be able to take screenshots of other users' profile pictures. This beta version can also be installed through the TestFlight app. WABetInfo also shared a screenshot that reads, “Screenshot capture is blocked,” and “To protect everyone's privacy on WhatsApp, this screenshot has been blocked.”

Furthermore, the report states that the feature is designed to enhance user privacy and reduce the risks associated with unauthorized sharing and distribution of personal profile photos. At present, WhatsApp users on Android platform cannot take a screenshot of the profile photo.

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The messaging app provides a black screen instead of capturing a photo, and notifies the owner with a message saying, “Can't take screenshot due to app restrictions.” It seems that this privacy feature will not be optional in WhatsApp, which means you cannot manually change this option from Privacy Settings.

Even though this feature doesn't completely prevent abuse, this privacy feature is an important step towards preventing misuse or unauthorized redistribution of profile photos from the app, which sometimes contain sensitive information.

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