In recent months there have been many new features that have been coming to WhatsApp, Meta‘s messaging app. From muting calls from strangers, to creating our own stickers without using third-party apps, to new features for our statuses (including the ability to create voice statuses). But none of them are going to be as well received as the new feature launched this week.
In a Facebook publication, Mark Zuckerberg announced that, from now on, we will be able to edit our WhatsApp messages within 15 minutes of sending them. To edit a message, we will have to press and hold it until several options appear, among which is the “Edit” function.
When a message is edited, it will be marked as “edited” and the date on which it was modified will be included. However, although WhatsApp users will be able to see that a message has been edited, no history will be saved, so there will be no way of knowing what was written previously.
“Edited messages will show ‘edited’ status, so recipients will be aware of the correction, but will not be able to see the change history,” WhatsApp says in a blog post. “As with all personal messages, media files and calls, the changes you make will be protected by end-to-end encryption.”
A feature that many users expected (we expected), since the only way there was to correct the classic typos was to remove the message “for all”. A rather awkward method that also leaves the text “this message was deleted”, which is not very “aesthetic” when you just wanted to correct a misplaced letter.
WhatsApp would be the last major messaging app to implement this feature. Telegram, Signal and iMessage all allow us to edit the messages we send. It is unknown why WhatsApp has taken so long to launch this feature, which is being progressively rolled out worldwide during these weeks.
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