Whatsapp launches “disappearing messages” option
WhatsApp is introducing a “disappearing messages” option that will erase chats from the phone of both the sender and recipient after seven days.
Facebook’s wildly popular messaging app with 2 billion users is now adding a feature to give people more control over how their words and pictures live within the app, as messages — including photos and videos — can now be marked to disappear after seven days.
But it said recipients would still be able to screenshot or forward any messages, photos, or videos that they wanted to keep.
The option will appear for WhatsApp users by the end of November.
“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.”
In April 2019, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged to make several changes to the social network to offer users more privacy.
One of his proposed changes was offering more “ephemeral” ways to share content, including disappearing messages.
The company also hopes to integrate its messaging platforms, making WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger interoperable.