WhatsApp rolls out Screenshot blocking, Group Polls in beta

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Three new privacy features for WhatsApp, including online status, previous participants, and screenshot blocking, were introduced by Mark Zuckerberg in August on Facebook. And now, according to the report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp appears to be releasing its latest version of view-once images and videos to stop others from capturing a screenshot or a screen recording of them. Some beta testers who get the latest beta from the Play Store could probably have this feature right now.

How Screenshot blocking works on WhatsApp:
  • When a screenshot is taken, the recipient is never told, but the attempt is blocked for privacy.
  • Screen recording is also disabled while seeing a view-once image or video.
  • Since the new ability is limited to seeing once-only photos and videos, you can still snap screenshots of discussions with fading messages.
  • You can’t forward, export, or save view once images or videos.
  • The recipient can still capture a photo with a second device, so be careful when sending view-once messages.

In the above screenshot, it’s a complete black screen. In fact, some beta testers can’t take screenshots to view one photo or screen recordings to view one movie. You can’t take a screenshot because of the security policy, and a toast will appear; however, even if you use third-party addons to avoid it, the image will always be black. If you have WhatsApp enabled, you could perhaps understand exactly.

WhatsApp Group Polls

A further helpful feature that enhances your participation in groups is now being rolled out by WhatsApp. Thanks to the most recent version of WhatsApp for Android (, beta users may now create polls inside group chats.

If there is an access point to polls within the chat share actions in your groups, then the feature is now available for your WhatsApp account, and you may start making polls within your groups right away. Because every member of a group can make a poll, only group administrators can use this feature.

Up to 12 options may be included in a poll, and they may even be sorted. They can select multiple options while voting after sharing the poll with the rest of the group. When a new vote is cast, the poll is promptly updated to reflect the new outcome; by tapping “See votes” in the poll results screen, you may view more specific information about the voters.

Recently, WhatsApp has been spotted working on keeping disappearing messages, a “Do not disturb” API for missed calls, and rolling out the Call Links feature for beta testers. As far as the availability of the above features is concerned, they are still in development, and it will probably be a while before users can access them.

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