WhatsApp has been testing a new feature of self-destructing messages, which is aimed to protect user’s sensitive information. The self-destructing feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo. The resource claims, the feature appeared in the 2.19.275. version and is not available for everyone.
How does it work
The self-destructing feature is currently under development and expected to be useful for protection user’s media and text content. So how will it work? The message, entitled to be destructed, will disappear from the chat after a certain period of time. It might be 5 seconds or an hour. The only condition is for the disappearing function to be enabled.
A self-destructing feature might be very helpful for those who share sensitive information with their business partners and family members. The message does not leave any trace after disappearing.
Telegram has got a self-destructing feature already. The user has to create a secret chat, invite someone and set the timer for the messages to disappear. It provides end-to-end encryption and does not allow forwarding.
It’s still unclear when the feature will be released by WhatsApp but we are looking forward to informing you about any updates.
And don’t forget about cyber hygiene, all you need to know is here.