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12 March 2018, 03:26 | Jodi Jackson
EXPRESS NEWSPAPERSYou get a few minutes to delete a message once it's been sent
However, many Android users, through unauthorised WhatsApp versions could delete WhatsApp message as old as 3 years.
WABetaInfo has noticed that the latest version of WhatsApp extends that time limit significantly to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds. A stable release for Android and iOS is expected to follow soon.
However, it must be noted that the extended deadline is live for WhatsApp Android beta version 2.18.69.
WhatsApp users across the globe breathed a collective sigh of relief last October when the app introduced a way of unsending messages that had already been dispatched - calling back missives from the ether, as long as you retrieved it within seven minutes or so.
WaBetaInforeports that Facebook-owned chat company is secretly working on a feature called "Block revoke request" that would be useful in keeping a check on the misuse of Delete for Everyone feature.
Earlier, when a recipient received this particular message containing the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and if the original message was found, it directly deleted it without checking any other important information. The post points out that this will make sure no-one can illegally delete messages older than 24 hours for everyone.
The report states that the chat app has decided on 24 hours as time frame to ensure that the recipient receives the revoke request. Also, if the phone remains turned off for 24 hours the request will be invalid.
The algorithm has been improved to perform the delete operation only if the current date is less than 24 hours of the date of the saved message. The change to the message deletion function was added quietly though, and to be frank, it seems a bit odd as to why the allotted timeframe is so specific.
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