WhatsApp is back with an update. Reportedly this update is to delete messages automatically, in its form of media.
So, photos, videos, and GIFs that are sent will be automatically deleted. This new feature is called Expiring Media.
As reported by Gadget Ndtv, the way this feature works is that the user first activates the Expiring Media feature in the form of a timer-like button. After the sent photo, video, or GIF will be deleted automatically after the message recipient opens it.
This information is known from the WABetaInfo report some time ago. WABetaInfo, a site that often reveals new WhatsApp features, suspects that the Expiring Media feature is an extension of Expiring Messages, an automatic message deletion feature in WhatsApp Groups that is being developed by Facebook.
Although both of them come with the ability to delete messages automatically, the ability to delete messages in the form of media is different from the text that has been done first.
This means that the sender of the WhatsApp message cannot set the duration of the message before it is automatically deleted. Therefore, the message will disappear immediately, as soon as the recipient leaves the conversation page.
Later, the deleted media will not appear with the statement ‘This media has expired’. Therefore, once the message is deleted there is no trace that indicates its existence.
Based on the screenshot, it is also known that the media that will be automatically deleted will have a different appearance from ordinary media.
In other words, the recipient will know that the media sent will be deleted after he leaves the conversation page.
The Media Expiring feature is being tested on several WhatsApp Android users who are participating in the Google Play Beta Program. This feature is available on WhatsApp Android beta version 220.127.116.11,
Since this feature is still under development, it is not known when WhatsApp will roll it out for users.