WhatsApp Update: Users to Gain Control with New Message Editing Feature
TECHDIGEST– WhatsApp, has announced that it will soon introduce an editing feature for its 2 billion users worldwide. This move brings WhatsApp in line with competitors such as Telegram and Signal, which already offer similar functionality.
According to WhatsApp, users will have the ability to edit messages for up to 15 minutes after sending them. The feature aims to provide users with more control over their conversations, allowing them to correct spelling mistakes or provide additional context to their messages. To edit a sent message, users can simply long-press on the message and select the “Edit” option from the menu.
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Edited messages will be clearly marked as “edited” so that recipients are aware that the content has been modified. However, the specific changes made to the message will not be visible to recipients, as WhatsApp will not show the message’s revision history.
WhatsApp’s decision to introduce the editing feature follows similar moves by messaging services like Telegram and Signal. Notably, the editing function was first introduced by Meta’s own social media platform, Facebook, nearly a decade ago. Facebook marks modified updates as edited, and users have the ability to view the edit history.
WhatsApp’s edit feature will be rolled out to its user base in the coming weeks. With its enormous user count, particularly in India with 487 million users, this update is expected to bring enhanced flexibility and convenience to WhatsApp users worldwide.