WhatsApp plans to launch an option to allow users to force messages to disappear after 24 hours. That is according to WABetaInfo, which reports that the messaging app is working on a shorter auto-delete time window, building on a similar feature released last year that saw the option to disappear messages after seven days.
Although the feature was welcome back then, the removal window was commonly perceived as too wide. The new leak suggests that the messaging platform is aligning its service more with Telegram, which already offers automatic deletion messages after 24 hours.
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WABetaInfo posted a screenshot of the new feature in the iOS version of the app, with the news bolstering speculation that the feature is inbound for both iOS and Android.
The seven-day message deletion option will remain, but it is not yet known if the new setting will be rolled out to group moderators.
Shorter time window news will be appreciated by the privacy-conscious user, shortening the length of time confidential information can be shared and then forcing it out.
Signal, like Telegram, already has an automatic message deletion option, including the ability to make messages disappear after just five seconds. That’s a gigantic difference compared to WhatsApp’s existing seven-day window.
The function is still in its testing phase. But WABetaInfo adds that due to its appearance in a functional user interface, it expects the feature to be only “a couple of months away from landing in a beta version.”
As the world of instant messaging becomes increasingly competitive, it is not surprising that Facebook is developing the capabilities of WhatsApp. And it looks like there are more updates on the horizon.
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