WhatsApp Messages Can Now Be Deleted An Hour After Posting

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EXPRESS NEWSPAPERSYou get a few minutes to delete a message once it's been sent

The new time limit means that WhatsApp users now have far longer to change their minds about messages they've sent. "It is a bug fixes update, but it has the new "Delete for everyone" limit, that's 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds".

WhatsApp has increased the deadline for when a user can apply the "Delete for everyone" feature in a group or private message.

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This additional time could help facilitate more temporary conversations on WhatasApp.

According to WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the app will silently add the "Block revoke request" feature, which will prevent the misuse of Delete for everyone feature. Those using modded or unauthorized versions of the app have tricked this notification system to delete old messages.

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WaBetaInfo reports that Facebook-owned chat company is secretly working on a feature called "Block revoke request" that would be useful in keeping a check on the misuse of Delete for Everyone feature. When the recipient received this particular message contained the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and directly deleted it.

Nevertheless, having a grace period of one hour can prove beneficial especially to those who want to erase past messages that may be misconstrued or incriminating. The algorithm has been programmed to perform the delete operation only if the current date is less than 24 hours of the date of the saved message. Messages that have a time more than the 24 hours are no more deleted.

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