No, WhatsApp Is Not Going To Tell You If Someone Screenshots Your Chats

Take a chill pill, guys.

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An article claiming that Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp will notify you when someone takes a screenshot of your chat is currently making its round on social media

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A content website, 8Shit, announced on 23 January that the popular app will let you know if someone sneakily takes a screenshot of your chats.

There's even a "quote" by CEO Jan Koum stating that, "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."

As expected, people are freaking out and stalkers are losing sleep over this new "update". But like free Myvis on Facebook, the article is fake.

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A quick Google search of what CEO of WhatsApp said, as reported by 8Shit, is also not reported by other leading news sites. Moreover, the quote can't be found in WhatsApp's blog, where the app constantly updates the public whenever there's a new update.

The biggest giveaway, however, can be found in the website's disclaimer

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"8Shit is a satire news and humour 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."

So now that's been sorted, you no longer need to call up your friend to test out the feature. Keep calm and screenshot on.

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In November last year, Instagram users got worried after reading reports that other users will be notified when they take a screenshot of their photos:

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