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WhatsApp changes its 'delete for everyone' feature

WhatsApp changes its 'delete for everyone' feature

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In a bid to improve user-experience in its messenger app, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has brought several new features in the last few months, including delete for everyone option in the group to erase unintended messages in wrong channels, colored background in the status update and more.

According to the report, the "Block revoke request", ensures that the feature will now check if the message saved in the database, which is to be deleted for everyone, is less than 24 hours old when applying this request.

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WhatsApp's "Delete for Everyone" feature has been criticised ever since its launch.Earlier WhatsApp allowed users to delete messages within 7 minutes, which it recently extended to roughly 68 minutes. This message has the same ID as the one the user wants to delete. The instant messaging app has now, therefore, added a "Block revoke request' feature". WhatsApp then finds a message in the database having the same ID of the received revoke request and checks the date related information of the message saved in the database.

This will give people more time to delete messages sent by mistake.

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. The reports also highlights that if the recipient's phone is not switched on within 24 hours, the revoke request will be considered invalid.


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