WhatsApp has officially announced that it will be introducing a new ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature through an update that rolls out globally this month.
The details of the new feature, however, have been out since earlier this week after an FAQ page created by WhatsApp was noticed. The long-anticipated ephemeral messaging feature pioneered by Snapchat was first seen a month ago through a WhatsApp beta version.
It will allow users to enable an option on individual and group chats that deletes new messages after seven days.
The messaging service used by more than two billion people worldwide said it would allow individuals to choose whether to retain their messages after seven days or allow them to erase themselves.
“WhatsApp messages today always live forever on our screens. Although keeping on to memories from friends and family is wonderful, much of what we send doesn’t need to be eternal”
said a WhatsApp blog post.
Our mission is to make WhatsApp conversations feel as close as possible to each other, which means they shouldn’t have to hang around forever. That’s why we’re excited to add the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp.
See a tweet below;