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WhatsApp officially announces Ephemeral Messaging feature 

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  • November 7, 2020
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WhatsApp officially announces Ephemeral Messaging feature 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Science and technology

In news

  • The WhatsApp app has officially announced a new feature of Ephemeral Messaging (disappearing messages) to the platform. 
  • It will be available to all users globally by November 2020.

Important value additions 

Ephemeral messaging 

  • It is the mobile-to-mobile transmission of multimedia messages that automatically disappear from the recipient’s screen after the message has been viewed. 
  • The word “ephemeral” describes something that only lasts for a short period of time.
  • Other encrypted messaging apps like Telegram, Signal, Wire already offer such an option.
  • By turning on disappearing messages, users will get some more control over which chats are getting saved.
  • It has decided the time limit of all users is fixed at seven days.

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