Mark Zuckerberg warns against screenshotting Messenger conversations 6 months ago

Mark Zuckerberg warns against screenshotting Messenger conversations

Cheers for the heads-up, Mark...

Mark Zuckerberg has warned those who love to take a sneaky screenshot of a conversation about a new feature coming to Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook founder and Meta CEO announced that an update to the Messenger app will introduce a feature that notifies users when someone has screenshotted one of their disappearing messages.

In a post on Facebook, he explained:

“New update for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message.

“We’re also adding GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats, too.”

He shared a conversation between himself and his wife to show an example of how this will work.

New update for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message. We're also adding GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats too.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 27, 2022

Back in November 2020, 'Vanish Mode' was introduced to the Messenger app.

This allows users to send messages to someone that will disappear after a certain amount of time, a feature similar to those seen in apps such as Snapchat.

The feature was first rolled out in the US and a "handful of other countries" and will be "coming soon to more places".

In a post from August 2021, Facebook explained:

“We’ve also updated the expiring message feature within our end-to-end encrypted chats.

“People don’t always want or need their messages to stick around and the timer controls let someone decide when their messages expire in the chat.

“We’ve updated this setting to provide more options for people in the chat to choose the amount of time before all new messages disappear, from as few as 5 seconds to as long as 24 hours.”

So now, if someone has this feature turned on and you screenshot their message for keeps, they will be notified.