WhatsApp set to introduce extra privacy feature for messages

WhatsApp set to introduce extra privacy feature for messages

- WhatsApp on Thursday, November 5, revealed its plan to give its users more privacy in their conversations on the mobile messaging app

- To do that, it will be rolling out a message disappearing feature which auto-deletes chats after seven days of being in your phone's memory

- While individuals have control over the use of the feature in person-to-person chats, only admins can turn it off and on in groups

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WhatsApp on Thursday, November 5, said it will be introducing a new and useful feature that allows messages to disappear on the platform after seven days.

Hindustan Times reports that the feature will be rolled out to all users on the chatting app from November onwards. It should be noted that the company said it wants conversations on the platform to be as real as possible.

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According to an official press statement from the Facebook-owned company, whenever the feature is activated, the conversation goes into a private mode and anything typed will be wiped off after the stated days.

WhatsApp is giving more privacy with the feature.
Photo source: Getty Images/Jakub Porzycki/Rafael Henrique

WhatsApp is giving more privacy with the feature. Photo source: Getty Images/Jakub Porzycki/Rafael Henrique
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Unlike in personal chats where individuals can turn on and off the feature whenever they feel like it, only admins have that control in Facebook groups.

WhatsApp said in a statement:

“We’re starting with seven days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent, while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t.”

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Facebook added dark mode to messenger app but left WhatsApp users disappointed by not adding the same feature to the instant messaging app. Questions were raised by users and this has evidently led to the developers taking users' needs into consideration.

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WhatsApp's 1.5 billion users are anxiously waiting for the feature to be added. It was gathered that the dark mode feature changes the app’s colour scheme, toning down the brightness and replacing the white background with black.

WhatsApp carried out final testing of the feature, which it promised to roll out to iOS and Android users soon.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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