WhatsApp has unveiled a noteworthy feature disappearing voice messages. This functionality allows users to send voice messages that self-destruct after a single listen, aligning with the “View Once” option for photos and videos introduced in 2021.
Enhancing privacy, these messages are equipped with end-to-end encryption by default, providing users with a secure platform for conversations involving sensitive information, such as sharing credit card details for a one-time transaction or planning a surprise.
Distinctly marked with a “one-time” icon, recipients are alerted that the message can only be heard once before vanishing. This feature not only adds an extra layer of security but ensures users are aware of the message’s ephemeral nature, preventing playback in inconvenient settings.
WhatsApp’s move follows Meta’s commitment to privacy-focused changes across its platforms. Despite recent adjustments, such as discontinuing cross-messaging between Instagram and Facebook, Meta has fulfilled encryption promises, including securing WhatsApp chat backups in 2021 and the recent rollout of end-to-end encryption in Messenger.
The global rollout of WhatsApp’s View Once feature for voice messages is underway, set to reach users over the next few days. Although not immediately visible in all apps, users can anticipate its availability soon.