You Can Now Send Disappearing Messages On WhatsApp

Facebook, the owners of WhatsApp recently announced the app surpassed 100 billion messages sent per day. They also announced a new feature roll out to give people more control on how their words and pictures live within the app. From today, messages — including photos and videos — can now be marked to disappear after one week. The seven-day countdown will continue whether the message is read or not, beginning when the message is sent. Individual users can enable the feature in their direct messages, but in groups, the admin must turn on the disappearing function.

WhatsApp stated that maintaining end-to-end encryption with the new feature added significantly to the time it took to develop, but even prior to today’s announcement, some users reported seeing FAQs on disappearing messages appear on the company’s website as early as March 2020.

The seven-day limit is the only timeframe for now, but WhatsApp is already toying with the idea of expanding the possibilities. “We will keep an eye on feedback about how people are using it and liking it and see if it needs adjusting in the future,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said. “For now we are starting with seven days, because it feels like a nice balance between the utility you need for global text based conversations and the feeling of things not sticking around forever.”
Mungwadzi Godwin

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