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WhatsApp launches a new disappearing messages option

The setting won’t wipe out older messages, and only affects new messages once it’s enabled by either party.

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WhatsApp Messenger, simply known as WhatsApp has launched a new feature, a disappearing messages option.

We’re starting with 7 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,” says a WhatsApp spokesperson. “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.”

This new feature will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days.

This option can be enabled by anyone in individual chats, and while in group chats, the group admins will be able to enable disappearing messages.

This new feature of disappearing messages will also remove photos and videos after seven days, and while messages will disappear for both parties.

And those who want to keep up the record of the conversations, for them it’s still possible to take screenshots or just simply copy messages before they are automatically deleted.

According to WhatsApp, it will start rolling out disappearing messages to all users this month.

However, the new setting will not wipe out older messages, and only affect new messages once it is enabled by either party.

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.