WhatsApp tests message self-destruct feature

WhatsApp tests message self-destruct feature

O Whatsapp Keep running behind your competitors and working to add more features to your messenger. This time, the function that may (or may not) appear soon is that of self-destruct messages, as reported today by the blog WABetaInfo.

As its name suggests, the feature aims to allow the user to send a message that will be automatically deleted after a certain period of time. According to the blog, currently the feature allows you to select deadlines ranging from 5 seconds to 1 hour, but it may be that until the distribution of the news WhatsApp set even more time options.

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For now, the feature displayed only in groups, but the WABetaInfo believes the option is also available in private conversations. More precisely, the feature is present in the latest public beta (2.19.275) of WhatsApp for Android that's right: for now, no iOS.

Still according to the blog, the feature is in "alpha development stage", which means that WhatsApp is just starting to work on it and there is not yet a set deadline for the official release of the novelty.

More than 1.5 million accounts banned in Brazil

In a related note, WhatsApp banned over 1.5 million accounts in Brazil in the last year suspicions of dissemination of fake news and hate speech, as reported by the UOL. The number was not revealed directly by the messenger, but it was possible to estimate the total ban on the basis of five recent official communiqués.

Every month, WhatsApp bans around 125,000 accounts in Brazil due to the irregular use of the service, but during the second round of the presidential election last year, that number reached 320,000. This has contributed to Brazil being among the countries with the largest number of app bans, with 8% of the more than 22 million blockages worldwide being from here.

Because WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption, the service cannot access messages exchanged by the app itself, so bans are performed based on user activity. In this sense, mechanisms are used to identify suspicious activity, such as spam (sending multiple messages in a short time) and creating several groups with hundreds of participants in a short period.

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