Claim: WhatsApp will introduce a feature on February 5th that notifies users when someone screenshots their chat messages.
Originated from: 8shit.net
Date(s) active: Jan 2017
Claims that mobile messaging app WhatsApp will introduce a “screenshot notification” feature that will notify the other user when you screenshot their chat messages are spreading across social media websites. A Google search reveals that website 8shit.net wrote an article about this feature in a January 23rd 2017 article – that article reads in part –
California.- Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp announced that the next version of the application is going to include the option of being notified if someone screenshots your conversation. This is an option requested by a lot of users lately, and according to him “after all these years, we’ve reached the conclusion to add it”.
“The functioning is simple, just like the blue tick: You will have the option activated by default. If it’s checked, you’ll be notified if someone screenshots your conversation, and others will be notified if you screenshot theirs. If it’s unchecked, no one gets notified”, stated Koum.
The rumours appear to be fake. While services like Snapchat have long had a screenshot notification feature, there has been no mention of such a feature appearing on the WhatsApp platform. We looked at various tech blogs and even the WhatsApp blog that would typically be the first to announce new features.
The only (or at least, the first) mention of this story is from the website 8shit.net – however this site is a satirical website that often prints fake news. It has a disclaimer on its About section that reads –
8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those under the “serious” category) and shouldn’t be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this web are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.
It is likely that this fake news website has led to the social media rumours. From what we can tell, the story is entirely fake.