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Users of WhatsApp can now require for their messages to automatically vanish or disappear after a particular time has elapsed.

According to Techcrunch this would initially happen for seven days but could be longer or shorter depending on feedback

This latest feature is already rolling out on iPhone and Android phones.

Tech giant, Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. The popular messaging app by Facebook which has 2 billion users is adding a feature to give people more control over how their words and pictures live within the app. Henceforth, messages — including photos and videos — can now be marked to disappear after 7 days.

Across the globe, disappearing messages are being rolled out across Android and iOS. While it’s starting with a 7-day lifespan, it is already looking at playing around with the time limits. According to Facebook.
“We will keep an eye on feedback about how people are using it and liking it and see if it needs adjusting in the future,” a spokesperson said. “For now we are starting with seven days, because it feels like a nice balance between the utility you need for global text-based conversations and the feeling of things not sticking around forever.”

Many prefer disappearing messages because it ensures that personal messages are not hanging around forever, while others just like group chats to be made more manageable by being limited to a week’s worth of posts.

WhatsApp use of end-to-end encryption was a major challenge for Facebook.

“[End-to-end encryption] was partly why it took us so long to implement this feature because we wanted to retain the e2e capabilities that WhatsApp users expect and love,” the spokesperson said.

It’s also important to know what messages will disappear on schedule whether or not they have been seen by the recipient.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp announced that it was making it easier to free up storage on your phone

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