In the latest update from Meta’s messaging apps, the spotlight was on the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Messenger. However, another noteworthy feature is reaching WhatsApp users – disappearing voice messages. This new capability allows users to send voice messages that can only be played once before vanishing, akin to the “View Once” feature introduced for photos and videos in 2021.
The company emphasizes that this feature adds an extra layer of security to conversations where retaining information in digital form is undesirable. This could be particularly useful when sharing sensitive details, such as planning a surprise or transmitting a one-time-use credit card number to a friend or family member.
These messages will be visibly marked with a “one-time” icon, signaling to the recipient that the message can only be listened to once before it self-destructs. This ensures that users will only inadvertently play it in a noisy environment or miss essential information if they are prepared to take notes. WhatsApp assures that these messages are safeguarded by default with end-to-end encryption, similar to the protection for “View Once” photos and videos.
The WhatsApp update aligns with Meta’s ongoing commitment to privacy enhancements across its social platforms. Despite recent reversals in certain initiatives, such as discontinuing cross-messaging between Instagram and Facebook, Meta has delivered on encryption promises. Following the addition of encryption to WhatsApp chat backups in 2021, the long-awaited end-to-end encryption rollout in Messenger has now been accomplished.
WhatsApp’s latest feature, the View Once capability for voice messages, is set to launch globally in the coming days. Users may wait for this option in their app but expect it soon.