WhatsApp profile photos cannot be stolen now

September 10, 2019

To safeguard the privacy of users, the share option of WhatsApp display pictures has been removed. This comes as a solace to many users of the popular messaging and calling app as unapproved downloading and sharing of profile pictures were deemed to encroach on the privacy of the users.

Earlier, display pictures could be downloaded as well as shared, but now that option has been barred by the US tech giant Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp.

Speaking about the safety concern, Prabhakar B, an IT and solutions expert, said, “We, tech developers, welcome this move by the company. This will not only protect the privacy of users but also put an end to dishonest acts of some people who make use of profile pictures for their personal interests. There are people who can photoshop images and use them for antisocial activities.”

A recent accusation of WhatsApp users was that people were taking and sharing images without their knowledge and using them for the appearance-transforming application, FaceApp. People changed the age as well as gender and uploaded the photos that often annoyed the actual owners of the photos.

Dayanand Naik, a cybersecurity expert, said, “Sometimes fun can cross the limits. A person is not even aware that his picture is used and widely circulated. This is against the person’s privacy. As the pictures were not password-protected they were easily circulated. Of course, people can always take screenshots but their resolution is bad.”

On safety standards, social media platforms and tech companies are coming up with more updates. Among many, Apple has a touch ID for screen-lock system under Privacy which allows one to lock the window even when the mobile is open.

Other features on WhatsApp are Dark Mode, ranking of contacts, share status in Facebook, and offline mode, which helps to queue and set times for messages to be sent.