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WhatsApp’s expiring messages feature inches closer to launch

Details given in WhatsApp's panels suggest that anyone will be able to turn expiring messages on or off in a chat.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 22:21 IST
While the media shared in an expiring message will disappear but an image or a video may be saved on a user’s phone before the message expired.
While the media shared in an expiring message will disappear but an image or a video may be saved on a user’s phone before the message expired. (REUTERS)

WhatsApp for long has been working on a feature that will enable users to delete a sent message such that it leaves no trace on either side of the conversation. Now, a new report hints that the functionality is getting closer to launch.

As per a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has made improvements to the feature and added separate panels that describe how the functionality works. In a previous blog post, the publication had noted that the company was implementing the expiring messages feature in the form of ‘on' and ‘off' option button with a one-line description explaining what the feature does.

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Now, the Facebook-owned messaging platform has refined this further and added a separate panel that explains what this feature does in detail before taking users to the window where they can actually send disappearing messages.

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Details given in these panels suggest that anyone will be able to turn expiring messages on or off in a chat. However, in groups, this feature would be restricted to admins. While the media shared in an expiring message will disappear but an image or a video may be saved on a user's phone before the message expired. 

In addition to that, the explanation panels also say that users will be able to save an expiring message by taking a screenshot of the conversation and that these messages, like rest of the messages, shared on WhatsApp will always be end-to-end encrypted.

There is no word on when this functionality will arrive on WhatsApp. But given the changes that the company is actively making, it shouldn't be long now.

 

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First Published Date: 06 Aug, 17:59 IST
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