WHATSAPP IS TESTING A NEW FEATURE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO UNSEND MESSAGES IN A BID TO SAVE FACE OR JUST PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED
*grabs mic* I would like to today thank all those in Whatsapp who are currently working on making this feature a reality. The past is not something that can be changed neither can spilled milk be gotten back, but putting in my hands and in the hands of millions of users the ability to 'unsend' sent messages comes close to that; your loyal user, Edikan Karen Hanson.
WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow you to revoke a message once it has been sent. A Twitter account, @WABetaInfo, that regularly tracks new WhatsApp features, discovered the addition in recent beta copies of WhatsApp.
The screenshots, shared by WABetaInfo, shows that a user will be able to revoke a message only if the recipient hasn't viewed it: a revoke option appears next to a message with a single tick – an indicator that a message has been sent to the server, but not delivered to or viewed by the recipient – and only within 5 minutes of sending the message.
WABetaInfo without certainty of the availability, suggests it could come after Apple releases its next iOS update later this year. The feature is likely to be optional if it is introduced, with users being able to turn it on and off in Settings in a similar way to the 'read' and 'last online' notifications. It is also not a given whether you can unsend when it is viewed by the reciever. Alongside the unsend button, WhatsApp is also including a new feature of live messages that let users send information that changes in real-time for a certain period. For example, those trying to find one another on a busy street can send their live location for five minutes until they find one another.
*rolls eyes* I actually thought it was an immediate update too but let us keep our fingers crossed for the next ios update. Hey apple get to work!