WhatsApp users were today told to change their settings to keep their chats safe. BirminghamLive reported the platform highlighted some changes in a new blog.
“Deciding how long a message lasts should be in your hands,” said WhatsApp. “We’ve become accustomed to leaving a digital copy of just about everything we type without even thinking about it.
“It’s become the equivalent of a note taker following us around making a permanent record of everything we’ve said. This is why we introduced disappearing messages last year, and more recently a way for photos and videos to immediately disappear after being viewed once.”
It added: “WhatsApp users will now have the option to turn on disappearing messages by default for all new chats. When enabled, all new one-on-one chats you or another person start will be set to disappear at your chosen duration, and we’ve added a new option when creating a group chat that lets you turn it on for groups you create. This new feature is optional and does not change or delete any of your existing chats.
“We are also adding two new durations for disappearing messages: 24 hours and 90 days, as well as the existing option of 7 days.”
The messaging service continued: “We believe disappearing messages along with end-to-end encryption are two crucial features that define what it means to be a private messaging service today, and bring us one step closer to the feeling of an in-personal conversation.”
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