The Reasons Why Mark Zuckerberg says do not screenshot your chats.
Users of Facebook Messenger who screenshot their conversations have received a reminder — and an apparent warning – from Mark Zuckerberg.
Mr. Zuckerberg posted an image of a discussion with his wife, Priscilla Chan, with the caption, “New upgrade for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you receive a notification if someone captures a vanishing message.”
He went on to say, “We’re also introducing GIFs, stickers, and responses to encrypted chats.”
The move comes after a recent upgrade to the widely used Facebook Messenger program, which now allows users to schedule the deletion of their communications.
According to USA Today, the function has only been rolled out in the United States thus far, but it is likely to be extended out to Facebook users in Europe in the coming weeks.
Rival messaging services already include options for user messages to vanish and notifications when a conversation is screen-shot.
Snapchat falls into this category, while messaging applications like WhatsApp offer end-to-end encryption — another recent addition to Facebook.
According to reports, Facebook made the step in response to security concerns as well as a broader debate over online safety and free expression rights.
“Can you tell me when you’re going to add the hate button?” In reaction to Mr. Zuckerberg’s post, one Facebook user remarked, “We need answers…”
“Perhaps it can find out how to feed the hungry or, better yet, treat all of the mental disease produced by these platforms, or maybe house the homeless,” one apparent skeptic speculated about the Facebook Messenger upgrade. “Will it be able to accomplish any of these?”
Instagram, which is owned by Meta, will also be affected by the changes.