Can You Tell if Someone Screenshots your Facebook Messenger Conversation
Screenshot notifications are vital to your sense of privacy. With so many apps and social media sites implementing software to ensure that you know someone captured content, it’s only natural to wonder if Facebook’s Messenger service does too.
We’ve tested multiple ways and never received a notification that another user captured content, unfortunately. But, what we did do is figure out a few ways to best protect ourselves from being subject to unwanted screenshots in the first place.
Once a screenshot is captured, even with notifications, there’s virtually nothing you can do to get it back. So, let’s review what we learned while testing screenshots.
Why Use Facebook Messenger?
Facebook Messenger has been connecting millions of people all over the world. Indeed, it is an incredibly popular messaging app. Whether you are chatting privately with a friend or communicating collectively in a group chat, Facebook Messenger has truly brought people together wherever they are in the globe.
With updated features, filters, stickers, GIFs, and so many other fun stuff that you can add in Messenger, Facebook users have truly found it an amazing way of getting connected.
Sadly, there are some privacy issues that Facebook Messenger users are concerned about. There are some instances when private conversations are leaked through screenshots and then circulated all over the platform. Surely, nobody wants this to happen to them. Private messaging is called “private” for a reason. Posting screenshots of private messages are not only frustrating but can possibly cause emotional turmoil.
Whenever you use Facebook you should always assume that anything you post, chat about or even mention is not private and could be seen by anyone. If you’re particularly concerned about your privacy and how private messages are treated, then you should probably avoid chatting with people you do not trust on Facebook Messenger. Doing otherwise is a risk that you choose.
Facebook Secret Conversations
We don’t use Facebook because it is secure. We use it because most of our friends use it. If you were seriously concerned about your privacy, you would’ve deleted your Facebook account long ago.
That doesn’t mean you have to sign away all privacy and hope for the best, though. You could use Facebook Secret Conversations for chats you really don’t want to be shared, but you have to bear in mind that screenshots of these chats can still be taken. Then, it wouldn’t be much of a secret anymore, would it?
Facebook Secret Conversations were introduced to Messenger and it enables two users to speak to each other in an encrypted space, which allows no one else (except Facebook) to view. Secret conversations can only be opened and read in the device that was used to create or open your conversations. This means that you can’t open it on any other devices even if your Facebook is logged in to it. Both ends of the conversation need to have Facebook Secret Conversations enabled on a compatible device and you need to set that timer when setting up the app.
To use Facebook Secret Conversations, you must follow these steps:
- Update your Messenger to the latest version and get the person you’re chatting with to do the same.
- Open the Chats screen and select the Edit icon in the top right of the screen.
- Select Secret in the top right of that screen.
- Select the person you want to chat with from the list.
- Select the time icon to set a timer for the messages to self-destruct.
Again, remember that despite all these enhanced privacy settings for Secret Conversations, screenshots could still be performed! So, you still have to be wary.
Facebook and Privacy
You should approach social media with the mindset of not putting anything on any network that you wouldn’t want the world to see. Once it’s out there, it’s out there and people can do whatever they like with it.
That means bearing in mind what you say, how you say it, what kind of images you share, videos you send, and audio recordings you might upload. THINK before you post anything!
Communicating with a trusted person through Messenger doesn’t mean you can always trust them with private content. There is never a guarantee that a screenshot of your chat will remain safe. Always assume the worst and protect yourself as much as possible. With social networks as huge and as open as the ones we have, there’s always a risk. Your privacy is always at stake.
Facebook Messenger doesn’t notify you when someone takes a screenshot and there hasn’t been any indication that this feature is coming. So, be sure to always be mindful of what you put in your group chat. With a digital world as wide and as scary as we have, we all have the reason to be defensive of our privacy for our own good. Surely, we don’t want to be famous in the wrong way or have our personal details corrupted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your online privacy is incredibly important, that’s why we’ve included some more information about Facebook Messenger below!
Is there anything I can do to keep someone from screenshotting my messages?
The only line of defense you have against this invasion is to avoid sending the content in the first place. Unfortunately, even the most privacy-conscious platforms like Snapchat haven’t implemented an option to block screenshots.
If I block someone on Facebook, can they still see my messages?
Yes, any messages (including images) you’ve sent in the past will still appear in their chat. Fortunately, your name and profile picture will not be attached. There are ways that you can delete all messages and conversations in Facebook Messenger.
Can I delete a message after I’ve sent it?
Yes. If you want to delete a Facebook message after you’ve sent it long-press the message and tap on the option to ‘Remove for Everyone.’
Do you know of any ways to make Facebook Messenger more secure? Have any stories about having chats shared without your knowledge? Tell us about them below if you do!