- WhatsApp unveils a new editing feature that allows messages to be altered within a 15-minute window post-sending.
- The change comes as an effort from parent company, Meta, to keep up with rival messaging platforms like Signal and Telegram.
- Edited messages will be flagged accordingly, ensuring transparency for recipients, without revealing the specifics of the changes made.
WhatsApp, the globally esteemed communication app, recently decided to amp up its game by launching an innovative feature that will allow its users to edit their messages after sending. This move, a novel offering for WhatsApp, is something that has already been adopted by rival messaging platforms, such as Signal and Telegram, adding a thrilling new dimension to the user experience.
On Monday, Meta, the company that now houses WhatsApp under its broad canopy, made the announcement that users will be able to edit messages within a 15-minute window after dispatch. This remarkable change is slated to reach out to WhatsApp's colossal user base of around 2 billion, injecting a fresh lease of life into their conversations within the coming weeks.
"Whether it's to rectify a trivial typo or to infuse an additional layer of meaning into your text, we are elated to empower you with more control over your chat sessions," stated the company in an enthusiastic blog post published on Monday. Users can simply long-press the sent message and select 'Edit' from the drop-down menu within the allotted 15-minute span to benefit from this feature.
Messages that have been altered will be flagged as "edited," thereby keeping recipients aware of any amendments. However, the nature of the alterations will remain concealed, maintaining a fine balance between transparency and privacy.
Although this feature may seem to follow in the footsteps of competitors such as Signal, Telegram, and even Twitter (which offers a 30-minute editing window for its Twitter Blue subscribers), Meta's continuous endeavors to evolve and adapt are laudable. The company's track record reveals a series of successful and unsuccessful attempts to emulate its competitors, but their ambition for progression never wavers.
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