WhatsApp has released an update which will stop interlopers from nicking people’s personal pictures. Until today, if you wanted to steal someone’s profile image all you needed to do click on it and choose to copy, save and export the file. But WhatsApp has removed this feature in a new update, according to WABetaInfo. This means you’ll no longer be able to quickly pilfer an image. Of course, if you really want to half-inch someone’s profile pic you can just screenshot it. You’ll also be able to download icons used for group chats. It’s not clear why WhatsApp has made the change, although it seems likely that it was driven by a desire to increase users’ privacy. ‘WhatsApp has not publicly explained why they have decided to remove the feature and we don’t know the reasons for this choice,’ WABetaInfo explained.
The ability to quickly save profile pictures has already been removed in the latest version of Android software, but the new update makes it unavailable to iOS users too. The software is version number 184.108.40.206 of WhatsApp and it will be the next update released onto the Apple App Store. It will also introduce a strange new type of message containing interactive buttons. What this means is that messages can feature content which can be used to perform various tasks. Although details are scarce, it’s likely you’ll be able to do things like order products or arrange deliveries right inside WhatsApp – which could be very handy for consumers. A screenshot of the feature was shared last week on Twitter and subsequent analysis from the reliable website WABetaInfo revealed the messages, which offer businesses the ability to share ‘richer content’.
When WhatsApp launched, it famously promised to avoid bombarding users with ads – but it’s now gone back on that vow. However, although privacy advocates howled about the new ‘status ads’ which appear in the Instagram Stories-style status section, it’s not clear whether ordinary consumers won’t be all that bothered. After all, if you can order a takeaway or an Amazon delivery right within WhatsApp, the convenience of such an interaction could overshadow any privacy concerns.