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WhatsApp includes self-destructing messages on its support page

At the end of September, the WhatsApp beta revealed that the company was working on a feature that allows submit self-destructing content after a certain time.

Now, after months of rumors and leaks, the platform has decided to add the official information to its website. In this way, we now know that they have decided to name this functionality as "temporary messages".

They are removed every 7 days

Although WhatsApp has already added this functionality to the support page, we currently don't know when and how they will add this option to mobile apps (or even beta versions).

When this functionality is available, we will have to activate it within the app, and these messages will disappear automatically after seven days. There is no news, at the moment, that this time frame can be changed.

"Once enabled, new messages sent in individual or group chat will disappear after seven days."

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This setting will not affect messages you have previously sent or received in chat. While in an individual chat Any of the users can activate or deactivate the disappearing messages, a group chat will have to be activated or deactivated by one of the administrators.

We also know that we can respond to temporary messages with quoted text, and this reply will remain in the chat even if the original message has disappeared.

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An interesting point is that if we forward a temporary message to another chat that does not have this functionality activated, the message will not self-destruct. This leaves quite a few questions regarding privacy.

On platforms like TelegramThis feature has been active for a long time, and allows you to specify many more options (such as, for example, the amount of time we want or the limitations to share in other chats).

We will have to continue waiting to be able to activate and test this functionality, but it seems that it is increasingly close to arriving officially.