WhatsApp is readying a new feature for the hugely popular chat app, but it looks like bad news for Android users.

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular chat app, with over 1.5billion people using the Facebook-owned service each and every month.

Last year WhatsApp introduced a number of new features such as stickers as well as group video calling.

But while these additions were welcome, it’s emerged that WhatsApp is now working on a new feature that fans might not be best pleased with.

The reliable WABetaInfo Twitter account has reported that WhatsApp is working on a new authentication feature.

However, the upcoming Android addition will have have a drawback – it will stop you from taking screenshots of your own conversations.

The WhatsApp news portal tweeted: “When the Authentication feature will be available and you enable it, conversation screenshots are blocked (for you).

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“What do you think? I don’t like the idea and I don’t see the point.

“If I authenticate my identity using my fingerprint, why conversation screenshots are blocked?”

They later added: “Today WhatsApp is developing a new feature for Android: prevent screenshots in YOUR conversations from *YOU* — yes, you prevent yourself to take screenshots — if the authentication feature is enabled.

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Another posted: “WhatsApp please just focus on the Dark theme not on this s***** feature.“

One added: “Wrong choice. I hope they wont enable it”.

And one wrote: “Why @WhatsApp focusing on these kind of worst updates. Focus on Dark mode.”

The news comes after over the weekend WhatsApp along with other Facebook apps suffered a major outage.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered global outages that lasted for more than three hours on Sunday, according to users’ reports.

In the aftermath a spokesperson for Facebook said: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience”.