Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

WhatsApp has again changed its 'message deletion' feature

WhatsApp has again changed its 'message deletion' feature

Instant messaging app, WhatsApp now reportedly allows you to delete messages an hour after you sent them, instead of seven minutes, reports The Verge. The feature was spotted in Android beta, and it looks like this has been rolled out to iOS and Windows versions of the WhatsApp as well.

That's according to some code digging by WABetaInfo, based on the latest beta version of the app for iOS. WhatsApp for iPhone has also separately been updated with an extended Delete for Everyone limit to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds.

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"WhatsApp has silently improved the iconic 'Delete for Everyone" feature with an ability to block revoke requests for some users.

WhatsApp has quietly changed the way its message deletion feature works. The report further adds, "If WhatsApp finds a message in the database having the same ID of the received revoke message request, it checks the data of the message saved in the database, performing an operation: if [current date] - [the date of the saved message] is less than 24 hours, WhatsApp can successfully delete the message". Now, it seems that the popular messaging app is planning of rolling out another feature "Block Revoke Request".

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WABetaInfo notes this means you can prevent someone from deleting a sent message simply by switching off your phone for a day, and that hackers can still use modified versions of the WhatsApp app to delete messages sent within the last day. With this, iPhone and iPad (LTE) users will be able to delete unintended messages from group chats after more than an hour. Also, if the phone remains turned off for 24 hours the request will be invalid. This ensures that nobody can tamper with the feature to delete messages for everyone.

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