WhatsApp’s latest change will make your chats more private

WhatsApp Disappearing Messages Can Now Be Enabled By Default (Getty)

WhatsApp users are being given the option to enable messages to disappear by default when they start a new conversation, the messaging platform said.

The update will also see users be able to choose how long messages should disappear: 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days.

Currently, users can turn on disappearing notifications for individual chats, allowing them to be removed from chats after seven days – this latest update will allow users to enable the feature on all new chats that start once it’s activated.

WhatsApp confirmed the new feature is optional and does not change or delete any existing chats.

The company said the change was made to give users more choices about how to protect their privacy.

‘For those who choose to enable the default disappearing message, we’ll display a message in your chat letting everyone know this is the default message you selected,’ WhatsApp said in a post. posted on the blog.

‘This makes it clear that it’s nothing personal – it’s a choice you’ve made about how you want to communicate with people on WhatsApp in the future. However, of course, if you need a particular conversation to stay permanent, you can easily switch a conversation back.

‘Living away from family and friends for more than a year has made it clearer than ever that just because we can’t talk face-to-face, it doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice privacy for our conversations. his personal.

‘We believe that disappearing messages and end-to-end encryption are two key features that define what private messaging services mean today and bring us one step closer to feeling live chat.’

The new feature can be accessed by going to the privacy settings in WhatsApp and tapping on ‘default message timer’.

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