The next thing about WhatsApp will be to prevent you from taking screenshots of profile photos

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Until relatively recently, you were free to take screenshots of anything you wanted on WhatsApp. Then came photos and videos that can only be viewed once, protected from screenshots, and now protection is also reaching profile photos. Some users already They cannot take screenshots of profile photos from other persons.

The protection seems to be reaching some users with WhatsApp beta for Android, although it is expected that it will end up being extended to everyone. This protection should help avoid identity theft and scams on WhatsApp with profile photos “stolen” from other users.

Taking screenshots of the photo is prohibited

If you want to capture the profile photo of one of your contacts on WhatsApp for posterity, do it now or perhaps you will be left wanting, since the application is activating for some users a protection for which they already It is not possible to take screenshots of profile photos.

That is, if you touch the photo of one of your contacts in WhatsApp to show it large, Android activates the protection that prevents you from taking screenshots unless you have root or similar. Instead of capturing the screenshot, you will receive a message similar to “Cannot save screenshot.”


Screenshot of an unsuccessful attempt to take a screenshot, from WaBetaInfo

It is a step further, after WhatsApp a few years ago will eliminate the option to save the photo of your contacts on your mobile. Now, you won’t be able to save or take screenshots either.

WhatsApp has not yet commented on this change, although it is possible that it is a new attempt to fight fraud on WhatsApp. Taking a screenshot of someone else, cropping it, and using it as your own is a quick and easy way for scammers to impersonate someone else and avoid the most suspicious profile without a photo.

Obviously, is not going to stop WhatsApp scammerswho will no doubt find other places to get (real) profile photos or fictitious), but if you can at least make their lives a little more difficult, that’s something.

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For now, blocking screenshots of WhatsApp profile photos seems to be active only for some users. It remains to be seen if and when it will be activated globally.

Via | WaBetaInfo

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