WhatsApp has again changed its 'message deletion' feature

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WhatsApp's recently introduced "Delete for Everyone" feature has now submitted a new update to the Apple App Store.

With a recent beta (version 2.18.69) update to WhatsApp for Android, developers have extended the limit to delete messages for everyone to 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

In hindsight, it is also possible that WhatsApp is testing out a new feature that could allow users to send time-limited messages which is something that already available on other messaging apps such as Telegram. A stable release for Android and iOS is expected to follow soon.

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Now all of us with a tendency to send messages we later regret have an even bigger safety net, because WhatsApp is rolling out the unsend window to a full hour.

Curently only WhatsApp Android beta testers can make use of the the extended deadline for "Delete for Everyone" feature.

WhatsApp has chose to stick to 24 hours as the reference time period here to ensure that there is ample time for the recipient or recipients in case of a group chat, to receive the revoke request.

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According to a report by WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, in order to stop such bad users, the messaging platform has implemented the new feature.

The report states that the chat app has decided on 24 hours as time frame to ensure that the recipient receives the revoke request.

The algorithm has been improved to perform the delete operation only if the current date is less than 24 hours of the date of the saved message. It has also been pointed out that if someone replies to a message in a group, and the same is later deleted for everyone, the message continues to show on the group.

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