WhatsApp’s desktop app now lets you send self-destructing photos and videos

Meta is introducing a View Once feature for WhatsApp on desktop and web, allowing users to send time-sensitive content.

The update was initially discovered by WABetaInfo as the tech giant is yet to formally announce it. Looking at WABetaInfo’s report, it’s basically the exact same feature on mobile. WhatsApp added View Once to its smartphone app in 2022 as a new privacy tool. Photos or videos sent to contacts this way cannot be saved. Once the recipient views the file, it is gone forever. This ensures that sensitive material is never seen by outside parties, shared with others, or at risk of being taken by a bad actor. Apparently this was in high demand, as WABetaInfo claims people were complaining about “the inability to send view-once messages” on the desktop. It seems Meta has heard the outcry, though it took the company more than a year to react.

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