Anyone can enable the option in individual chats, and group admins will be able to enable disappearing messages in group chats.
“We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent, while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about,” says a WhatsApp spokesperson.
“The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear af...er you don’t.”
Disappearing messages will also wipe out photos and videos after seven days, and while messages will disappear for both parties it’s still possible to take screenshots or just simply copy messages before they’re automatically deleted.
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