Facebook has announced that it will notify the other party when screenshots of lost messages are taken on Messenger and Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg has shared a clear warning for Facebook Messenger users who take screenshots of their chats. In a post, the Facebook CEO said the user on the other side will be notified when a screenshot of the chats in Vanish Mode (Lost Messages) is taken. The update will also apply to Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg took a screenshot of his conversation with his wife Priscilla Chan in Lost Messages, showing how the notification works. “With the new update to end-to-end encrypted Messenger chat, you can be notified by notification if a screenshot of the message is taken,” the CEO said in a statement.
Zuckerberg: Don’t take screenshots of Messenger chats
Meta’s latest announcement follows an update to the widely used Facebook Messenger platform that allows users to set their messages to disappear. The feature is currently available in the United States, but is expected to be available to Facebook users in Europe in the coming weeks.
Rival messaging platforms have some options for eliminating user messages and offer notifications when a screenshot of a conversation is taken. This includes the biggest rival platform Snapchat, as well as WhatsApp, another product of Meta, which includes end-to-end encryption.
Reports suggested that Facebook’s move was in response to security concerns and widespread debate about online security and free speech rights. In response to Zuckerberg’s post, one Facebook user wrote, “When do you add the dislike button? We need answers,” he wrote.