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Messenger Screenshot Update Includes Only Encrypted Conversations

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
31st January 2022
Messenger Screenshot Update Includes Only Encrypted Conversations
The Messenger's alert feature allows screenshots of encrypted chats (Getty).

The Claim

Officially, Messenger's new update will be revealed if the other participant in the conversation takes a screenshot of the conversation.

Emerging story

Social media accounts and pages have lately circulated news that a new update for Messenger has been published, which includes warning users if the other interactor screenshots the chat.

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the news and discovered that it was selective. The most recent update to Messenger's alert feature allows screenshots of chats, but only for encrypted chats. 
In a Facebook post, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the new update: "A new update of messenger chats that are completely encrypted between the two participants, so you can get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message," he wrote. "We add GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats."

According to Meta in a report on the new feature, "When we discover that someone has screenshotted a disappearing message, we send a notification. We believe it is critical to use end-to-end encrypted conversations while feeling secure. As a result, if someone takes a screenshot of your disappearing messages, we will notify you." 
"Over the next few weeks, we will be putting forward this notification to disappearing messages in our end-to-end encrypted conversations," the company stated. 

Meta launched the encrypted conversations feature on Messenger some time ago to keep private conversations safe from any breach.


Translated By Wesam Abo Marq

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