The “delete for all” feature of Whatsapp has gained a lot of popularity since it was introduced in some former updates. Facebook has been doing their homework lately. It’s in the edge of doing something new, something different. And this time Facebook-owned Whatsapp users have something new in stock for them.
So apparently this information has been suggested by a highly reliable informant who had noticed a feature sneaking into the Whatsapp beta code. Whatsapp users will soon get the ability to have their messages self-destruct after a set period of time. Twitter user WABetaInfo said on Tuesday that the recently released public beta of WhatsApp for Android — dubbed v2.19.275 — includes an optional feature that would allow users to set their messages to self-destruct.
This information is yet not confirmed by Whatsapp, however there are high chances that this popular messaging app introduces this among their features. Not long ago the end-to-end encryption feature was introduced in Whatsapp that was super-efficient and probably one of the highest securities that is provided to users’ chats.
However this self-destruct feature isn’t really new in this domain. It’s one of the most popular features on instant messaging client Telegram, for instance. It does not store the text on its servers and restricts users from forwarding the messages or taking a screenshot of the conversation, to ensure there is “no trail” of the texts. For users sharing “too much” personal information, this feature is probably a life-saver.
As Telegrams says, “All secret chats in Telegram are device-specific and are not part of the Telegram cloud. This means you can only access messages in a secret chat from their device of origin. They are safe for as long as your device is safe in your pocket.”
Whatsapp had been testing this feature in a group setting lately. An image shared by WABetaInfo shows that group administrators will have the ability to prevent other participants in the group from texting. Messages can be set to self-destruct as soon as five seconds after they have been sent and as late as an hour.
WhatsApp is used by more than 1.5 billion users each month. Yes its THAT popular. And features like the one we’d mentioned is of course a necessity to ensure customer satisfaction especially when security-related issues are on the rise. Earlier third-party apps offered this self-destruct-text feature through Whatsapp. But considering confidentiality and privacy that users attach to Whatsapp, the company has started to crack down on third-party services. Seems logical to introduce the feature in their app itself that’ll relieve the users from depending on third-party apps.
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