On Monday, WhatsApp announced a new option to manage messages on the social network, which expands the possibilities available to those who use the social network, to make messages exchanged in conversations disappear after a while.
Remember, this feature has been available for about a year. It started by allowing only temporary messages to be defined with a seven-day validity, after which they were deleted. It is now also possible to preset the service to delete messages exchanged after 24 hours or 90 days.
“Enabling temporary messages allows you to configure messages to disappear 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days after they were sent. The newer option will only affect new messages in the conversation.” Explain the social network.
The option is valid only for new messages, that is, it is not possible to activate the function and make messages exchanged before this activation disappears, in any conversation. In new conversations, whenever the option is active, the service starts displaying a message that the messages exchanged are temporary. The user always has the possibility to change this setting, chat by chat. In group conversations, any participant can make exchanged messages temporary, but the group admin can “lock” this option and start managing it.
A curiosity, already criticized, for this new option on the Meta social network is the fact that the message validity preset, when active, is valid regardless of whether the user frequently accesses the social network or not. That is, in conversations with messages that last only 24 hours, if the user spends a day without logging into WhatsApp, then when he opens the application he will see a notification of unread messages, but when he tries to read them it will not work, because the deadline has passed.
“If the user does not open WhatsApp for 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days, the message will disappear from the conversation. However, the message preview may continue to be shown in the notifications area until the user opens WhatsApp,” the social network confirmed.
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