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12 March 2018, 03:26 | Cameron Gross
EXPRESS NEWSPAPERSYou get a few minutes to delete a message once it's been sent
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In hindsight, it is also possible that WhatsApp is testing out a new feature that could allow users to send time-limited messages which is something that already available on other messaging apps such as Telegram.
WhatsApp is silently a adding a new "Block Revoke request" feature to stop misuse of the Delete for Everyone option.
Users originally only had 8 minutes and 32 seconds (512 seconds) to reconsider their actions, but in the last week the company has chose to increase the limit to 4096 seconds, that is around 1 hour 8 minutes. When the recipient received this particular message contained the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and directly deleted it. Using this notification system, many users, thanks to modded and unauthorised WhatsApp for Android versions, were able to delete any message for everyone with messages dating back to 3 years.
In order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone, both you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone. But once, the set time has passed, there is no way to delete messages for everyone.
The report states that the chat app has decided on 24 hours as time frame to ensure that the recipient receives the revoke request. With the new updated algorithm, WhatsApp will now delete only those messages which have been sent within 24 hours. In new versions of the app, the messaging service will limit the revoke request to 24 hours, and also check the date of the message along with the ID before applying "Delete for everyone".
Recipients may see your message before it's deleted or if deletion was not successful.
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