Meta-owned WhatsApp introduced its new feature for its users to edit messages.
Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that billions of WhatsApp users can now modify a message within 15 minutes of sending it.
WhatsApp users now have the long-awaited ability to edit sent messages, a feature that was previously only accessible in beta versions. To edit a message, simply perform a long-press on the text you wish to change and select the “Edit” option from the menu. It’s important to note that message editing is only possible within a 15-minute window after sending the message.
This will help people correct a simple misspelling to add extra context to a message.
After making changes to a sent message, it will be marked with the label “Edited”, which will be visible to everyone in the chat, just like Telegram, Discord, and other messaging apps.
It is important to note that all of these modifications still maintain the end-to-end encryption that ensures user privacy and security.
How to Edit
The function can be accessed by long-pressing the message and choosing “edit” in the drop-down menu. The modified message will carry the label “edited”, without showing edit history.
Competing apps such as Telegram and Signal already allow users to edit messages, while microblogging site Twitter rolled out the ability to edit tweets to select users last year.
Chat Lock for Privacy
Earlier, Meta CEO Zuckerberg on May 15 announced a new WhatsApp feature called ‘Chat Lock’ to make users’ most intimate conversations even more private.
This feature lets you protect your most intimate conversations with a password and secures them in a separate folder. When someone messages you and you have that chat locked, the sender’s name and the content of the message will also be hidden.
Zuckerberg’s announcement read, “We’re excited to bring to you a new feature we’re calling Chat Lock, which lets you protect your most intimate conversations behind one more layer of security.”
“Locking a chat takes that thread out of the inbox and puts it behind its own folder that can only be accessed with your device password or biometric, like a fingerprint. It also automatically hides the contents of that chat in notifications too,” he added.