Mark Zuckerberg has issued a reminder – and a real warning – to Facebook Messenger users who take screenshots of their chats.
The Facebook founder and CEO of parent company Meta said in a post Friday that an update to the messenger will notify users if their chat picture has been taken by someone else.
“New update to end-to-end encrypted chat in Messenger so you can be notified when someone takes a screenshot of a lost message,” Zuckerberg wrote, along with a screenshot of his conversation with his wife, Priscilla Chan.
“We’re also adding GIFs, stickers and reactions to encrypted chats,” he added.
The news follows an update to the widely used platform Facebook Messenger, allowing people to set their messages to disappear.
The feature has so far rolled out in the United States and will roll out to Facebook users in Europe in the coming weeks, according to USA Today.
Competing messaging platforms now offer the option to have user messages disappear, as well as notifications when conversations are screenshotd.
This includes Snapchat, while messaging apps like WhatsApp include end-to-end encryption, another recent introduction to Facebook.
Reports point to Facebook’s move in response to security concerns and the wider debate about online safety and the right to freedom of expression.
“When did you guys add the dislike button?” We need answers…” one Facebook user wrote in response to Zuckerberg’s post.
The update also applies to Instagram owned by Meta.