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WhatsApp is going to stop you easily taking screenshots of embarrassing messages

In these sensitive times, a private WhatsApp message containing dodgy sentiments can ruin your life.

Now the messaging app is reportedly going to make it harder to take a screenshot – but only in one very specific situation.

At the moment, anyone who uses WhatsApp can take an image of a missive and then use it to shame, embarrass or totally destroy someone.

But a future update could make this more difficult, as long as the person receiving a message agrees to implement the security mechanism.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 15: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, WhatsApp is displayed on the screen of a computer on March 15, 2019 in Paris, France. Social media Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp have been affected by a global outage for nearly 24 hours on March 14, 2019 cutting virtual worlds to nearly 2.3 billion potential users. Facebook has explained the causes of malfunctions that have disrupted its networks in recent days. This failure is due to the "server configuration change" that has caused cascading problems Facebook is excused for the inconvenience caused to users and companies that are dependent on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to run their business.(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

A screenshot could destroy your life if the content of your message is deemed offensive (Image: Getty)

The app detectives at WABetaInfo have discovered that the Facebook-owned company is planning to implement a new system which requires you to scan a fingerprint before taking a screenshot.

This will make it harder to immediately record people’s messages, which might make you think twice before ruining someone’s life.

Yet it doesn’t really offer the sender any protection.

Yes, you may be able to ‘unsend’ the message in the short space of time it takes someone to scan a fingerprint, but you’ll need to be very quick.

In practice though, the best way to protect yourself about bullies who delight in screenshotting and shaming is just to make sure you don’t send them anything.

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