20 December 2016
WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to edit and delete messages already sent to other contacts.
The upcoming feature was revealed in a video posted by @WABetaInfo’s Twitter account, a source of early WhatsApp news.
The video shows a new feature in the WhatsApp 22.214.171.1249 beta build for iOS that will allow users to edit, and even delete sent messages. The feature is disabled by default, meaning users will have to turn it on manually.
The feature works by long pressing a sent message. However, the ‘revoke’ option will probably work only in the case that the recipient hasn’t seen the message from the sender.
This may be unlike in Blackberry Messenger where sent and already read messages can be edited and revoked
Since launching in 2009, WhatsApp has never introduced any editing or deleting options for sent messages but presently, WhatsApp lets users delete messages on the device but the deleted messages remain visible to the recipient.
This upcoming feature has already been implemented by Telegram and Skype. Gmail also allows users to recall sent emails.
Separately, WhatsApp is testing another feature on its iPhone beta app that lets users preview the contents of archive files – such as ZIP or RAR – shared with them.
Although no date was fixed for the general release to all platforms, it is expected to be launched soon.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.