BlackBerry Allows Private Chat In Updated BBM
Along with several other updates, BlackBerry has added a new Private Chat feature to its BBM messaging app for Android, BlackBerry 10, and iOS. Starting today, the service is available for general public.
BlackBerry’s BBM renders users an extensive control over what they share with others. Users can share their secrets freely with their beloved ones. And if they mistakenly share any private message with some irrelevant person, they can simply retract that particular picture or message.
Private Chat mode will enable people to converse anonymously. That is, participants’ names remain hidden. This can be a lifesaving advantage in cases when someone wants to reveal your identity by taking screenshots.
So if I had to tell my co-writer a nasty thing about our boss or my plan to shirk work, I will be in luck if I use the Private Chat. Without it, my friend could take a screenshot of our conversation like this one, posted on BlackBerry official blog.
And if our relationship doesn’t remain cozier, my friend could use it to my disadvantage. Back to Private Chat, there’s no chance for revealing identity. Look at the following image; this is how your chat screen appears like using this feature.
In addition to unidentified identities, the messages in Private Chat mode are of sort of ephemeral nature. Meaning, each time when the chat goes inactive or is closed, shared content is removed automatically.
Beyond that, BlackBerry has replaced the existing Timed and Retracted Messages Subscription with new Privacy and Control Subscription.
Subscribers of the above mentioned, newly announced package will get (for $0.99 per month):
- Private Chat
- Timed messages and pictures
- Retract messages and pictures
- Edit Message (Which is also new to the subscription.)