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Viber Joins Disappearing Photo Fray

Paul Rubens - February 6, 2017 - 11:42 AM
Viber Joins Disappearing Photo Fray
Viber's new 'Secret Messages' feature lets users send photos that disappear, Snapchat style.

(CCM) — Viber appears to be targeting the cloak and dagger market with a new "Secret Messages" feature in its messaging app. This allows users to send photos and videos which disappear after a few seconds, (in the case of photos), or when playback is compete, (in the case of videos). "When you send a secret message, it can be viewed exactly one time and, maybe more importantly, it can't be shown to anyone else afterward," the company explained in a blog post. The feature sounds similar to Snapchat's controversial disappearing photo feature which could be bypassed by taking a screen-shot of a picture before it disappeared. It is not clear if photos sent using Viber's "Secret Messages" can be preserved in this way, or whether the sender receives any form of notification if the recipient takes a screen shot.

Viber is not as high profile as messaging services such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger, but it reportedly has more than 260 million daily active users. The service also offers encrypted chat, and the ability to delete message content from both users' and the recipients' mobile devices. The "Secret Messages" update is rolling out now on both iOS and Android.

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