WhatsApp’s developers continue to add new capabilities to the popular messaging app that may be beneficial in certain scenarios. Users now have the option of sending fading pictures that the receiver can only see once.
The new function is named “view once,” and it expects that the picture will be immediately deleted from the conversation once it has been viewed. Furthermore, such photos will not display as a preview in the conversation, and the receiver will be unable to download them to their device. Before sending a message, a button with a timer picture has been added to the message settings panel, which when clicked marks the image for automatic deletion after viewing.
The “view once” option, according to the creators, will be beneficial if users need to communicate sensitive or potentially secret information, such as a Wi-Fi password written on paper. Users should be cautious of such tools as always, and keep in mind that they do not guarantee total secrecy. When the receiver opens the picture for a single view, the recipient can take a screenshot, and the service will not inform the sender.
FACEBOOK IS IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY TO ANALYZE WHATSAPP CHATS FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES.
According to a recent revelation from The Information, Facebook is looking into ways to interpret encrypted data, such as WhatsApp conversations, without actually decrypting the data.
Facebook is reportedly forming an artificial intelligence research team to “study ways to examine encrypted data without decrypting it,” according to The Information. These approaches will employ homomorphic encryption algorithms to allow businesses to read data from encrypted data packets while protecting the privacy of user communications.
Facebook continues to hire a new team of researchers with experience in technologies such as privacy, homomorphic encryption, secure computing, and online anonymity, according to a list of job openings on the website. The team will aim to “improve the performance of Facebook’s market-leading ad systems,” according to Facebook.
According to The Information, homomorphic encryption maybe Facebook’s reaction to politicians and regulators’ rising worries about the platform’s users’ privacy and its link to Facebook’s advertising business model. We think they may avoid issues by gathering data from communications without fully decrypting them.
However, Facebook’s intentions have enraged netizens. They are both concerned that Facebook will acquire access to much more of their personal information. Furthermore, others say that analyzing encrypted messages in order to provide advertising violates Facebook’s promise that it would never be able to monitor user chats.