WhatsApp testing Disappearing Messages feature

WhatsApp may soon add to its increasing feature list a very important feature: disappearing messages.

Tipped by reliable WhatsApp informer WABetaInfo to be coming to both private and group chats, disappearing messages will do just as the name suggests: disappear at the specified time.

Version 2.19.275 of the beta version of the popular messaging application on the Google Play beta program lays the groundwork for what is expected to be a future hit feature. The feature is however hidden in the current beta version and not directly available for exploration by testers.

Since there is no timeline of when we can see this feature live and in action, it is a little hard to get excited at the moment since WhatsApp is known for testing and teasing lots of cool new features but taking eons to make them public, if ever.

Disappearing messages would add a much-needed layer of privacy to WhatsApp chats which are prone to being screenshot and shared far and wide, most times without the explicit consent of the participants in the chats whether in a group setup or one-on-one private chat.

Rival messenger app Telegram allows its users to start secret chats that self-destruct after a set time and which cannot be forwarded to other users.

Currently, WhatsApp users have up to 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds to erase any messages both for themselves as well as the recipient(s).

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