google photos is temporarily turning off backups from messaging apps to save bandwidth

A Google employee has just confirmed that the Google Photos app will disable automatic backup & syncing of media from messaging apps.

As many people are sharing much more over messaging apps during much of the world’s time-off of work and school amidst COVID-19, Google wishes to save its bandwidth resources that are strained, likely backing up memes, videos, and photos that are shared over messaging apps. It will begin notifying users of the change on the Google Photos app the next time they open the app.

Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos. To save internet…