WhatsApp updates its 'Delete for everyone' feature with new rules

Here's when you won't be able to delete the message

The feature that initially allowed users to delete messages within seven minutes was increased to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds earlier this year. Meaning that now, the recipient of the message must get the revoke request within 13 hours, eight minutes, and 16 seconds for the message deletion to go through. As the name implies, the feature enables users to revoke messages in case they were sent to a wrong contact or group.

The platform claimed that the step has been taken as part of a protection against "modded users" that revoked messages sent weeks, months and years ago.

WABetaInfo reports that the latest WhatsApp update now adds a recipient limit feature for "Delete for everyone" which checks whether the recipient of the message receives a delete request from the sender within a certain time limit, only after which will the message be deleted from both party's threads. Later, the company increased this limit to 1 hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

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Whatsapp has now made it mandatory that the recipient also receives the message to be able to delete it from everyone's WhatsApp account. The new Recipient limit feature is a move to ensure modified versions of WhatsApp no longer support deleting older messages by tweaking with time settings locally on the phone. If for reason this request doesn't reach a phone, the messages will not be deleted.

"LIMITS UPDATED! WhatsApp has updated the "Recipient limit". Apparently, stickers are popular in chat apps in some Asian countries and WhatsApp is hoping to woo more users by allowing people to use big stickers. Well now, to prevent misuse of this feature, WhatsApp has slightly modified the "Delete for Everyone" feature.

Multimedia messaging platform WhatsApp has just issued a new update for its app.

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