While Meta’s messaging apps were the rollout of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, the company also introduced another useful feature for WhatsApp users: disappearing voice messages.
The new feature will allow users to send a voice message that can only be listened to once before it disappears, similar to the “View Once” option for photos and videos introduced back in 2021.
The company notes the feature could bring added security to conversations where users don’t want the information retained in digital form — like when planning a surprise or sharing sensitive information with a friend or family member, like a credit card number meant for one-time use.
These messages will be marked with a “one-time” icon so the recipient knows they can only listen to the message once before it’s gone. The messages are protected with end-to-end encryption by default, as are the “View Once” photos and videos.
The feature follows a series of privacy-focused changes to Meta’s social platforms, which Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg heralded as the future in a 2019 address. In it, the exec promises safety, private interactions, interoperability, encryption, and more.
WhatsApp’s new View Once feature for voice messages feature is rolling out globally over the next several days.