WhatsApp is testing a new feature which bars users from taking screenshots.

With every new beta update, WhatsApp brings a host of new features to make the app more functional and easy to use. While some of these introductions – like the much-anticipated dark mode or an authentication feature – successfully stir curiosity, some others end up being at the centre of a debate. The Facebook-owned company is said to be working on for its biometric authentication option.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature which bars users from taking screenshots. This feature would be implemented if the biometric authentication is used on WhatsApp.

This feature is part of the fingerprint recognition on WhatsApp for Android. If users enable fingerprint sensor to lock/unlock WhatsApp they will be blocked from taking screenshots of chats. The screenshot-blocking feature would be made available to users whenever WhatsApp plans to release the ‘Authentication’ feature, which is currently under development.

Before accessing into the app, the ‘Authentication’ feature would ask users to confirm their identities via their fingerprints. On enabling the feature, even after confirming their identities, users would not be able to take a screenshot of their chats.

“Fingerprint Security: When enabled, fingerprint is required to open WhatsApp and conversation screenshots are blocked. You can still reply to messages from notifications and answer calls if WhatsApp is locked,” a screenshot of the beta version of the ‘Authentication’ feature reads.

WhatsApp rolled out biometric authentication for iPhones earlier this February. WhatsApp users can use Face ID or Touch ID to lock/unlock WhatsApp. However, there is no such feature which blocks users from taking screenshots on WhatsApp.

Although the global messaging platform has not officially rolled out the feature for its larger user base, the report has already garnered mixed responses on social media.

Besides the block screenshot functionality, WhatsApp is also working on improving the user interface for its Doodle feature. And this included addition of a search option and categorising into ‘Stickers’ and ‘Emoji’.