WhatsApp expands disappearing messages tool

Asia's Tech News Daily

WhatsApp users are being given the option to turn on disappearing messages by default when they start a new chat, the messaging platform has said.

The update will also see users able to choose after how long messages disappear: 24 hours, seven days or 90 days.

Currently, users can turn on disappearing messages for individual conversations, which sees them deleted from the chat after seven days – this latest update will enable users to turn on the feature across all new chats that begin after it has been activated.

WhatsApp confirmed the new feature is optional and does not change or delete any existing conversations.

The company said the change has been made to give users more choice over how to protect their privacy.

“For people who choose to switch on default disappearing messages, we will display a message in your chats that tells people this is the default you’ve chosen,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

“This makes clear it’s nothing personal – it’s a choice you’ve made about how you want to communicate with everyone on WhatsApp moving forward. Though, of course, if you need a particular conversation to remain permanent, it’s easy to switch a chat back.

“Living apart from family and friends for over a year has made it clearer than ever that just because we can’t physically talk in person, it doesn’t mean we should have to sacrifice the privacy of our personal conversations.

“We believe disappearing messages along with end-to-end encryption are two crucial features that define what it means to be a private messaging service today, and bring us one step closer to the feeling of an in-person conversation.”

The new feature can be accessed by going to the privacy settings in WhatsApp and tapping on “default message timer”.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

The Batman's runtime is nearly as long as Avengers: Endgame

The Batman’s runtime has been revealed – and you’ll want to grab plenty of snacks and schedule some bathroom breaks, because it’s going to be a long movie. Per The ... Read more »

League of Legends: What to know about reworked Janna and Tahm Kench

League of Legends (LoL) is going full speed ahead with Season 2022, with the introduction of this year's first new champion, Zeri, as well as adjustments to the Hextech and ... Read more »

Instant Vortex Plus Dual Drawer Air Fryer review

One-minute review Instant is a relative newcomer to the air fryer market, having launched its first model in 2019. The brand first appeared in 2010, unveiling the Instant Pot multicooker, ... Read more »

Best lap desks and mobile desks of 2022

Although choosing a laptop over a desktop PC is often done with portability in mind, many people end up taking their devices from their homes to the office and back ... Read more »

Twitter launches hexagonal NFT profile pictures and it's met with mixed reactions from users and big brands

Read more »

Rose Ayling-Ellis reveals major setback just moments before starting first Strictly tour show

The Strictly Come Dancing cast were one happy bunch on Thursday as they kicked off their nationwide Arena Tour, and thankfully, documented the exciting day on social. MORE: Strictly's Rose ... Read more »

Grant Shapps signals end of the line for 'Tannoy spam' train announcements

Commuters at London Waterloo station The “endless torrent” of unnecessary train announcements is to be curbed, Grant Shapps has announced. The Transport Secretary vowed to make the journeys of passengers ... Read more »

Amazon Alexa down: the smart assistant is struggling to find its voice

Refresh 2022-01-21T08:14:10.494Z Amazon outage in the UK The Amazon outage is definitely affecting UK users, with our own Carrie Marshall providing this nugget of information. “Just had my dad on ... Read more »

NFT hamsters project launched in Hong Kong amid public backlash over Covid-19 cull

A non-fungible token (NFT) project featuring 2,000 pixelated hamsters has been launched in Hong Kong, after the public hit out at a government decision to cull the animals over the ... Read more »

Crypto.com hackers stole over $30 million following after bypassing 2FA for 483 users

Photo credit: Kanchanara / Unsplash Crypto.com confirmed that 483 users were affected by a hacking incident detected earlier this week. The cryptocurrency exchange platform said the culprits stole more than $30 million, but ... Read more »

Steam Deck: 38 games are ‘verified' for Valve's upcoming portable PC gaming device ahead of February

Steam Deck | Photo credit: Valve / YouTube screenshot Valve is just weeks away from fulfilling the first batch of Steam Deck orders, and fans are now seeing some games ... Read more »

Warner Music backs NFT project that aims to mint virtual superstars in the metaverse

A new metaverse project that includes Warner Music Group as a partner is using non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to create virtual celebrities that can appear in various digital media and tie ... Read more »

False banana: Is Ethiopia's enset 'wondercrop' for climate change?

Scientists say the plant enset, an Ethiopian staple, could be a new superfood and a lifesaver in the face of climate change. The banana-like crop has the potential to feed ... Read more »

S. Korea not mulling lifting import ban on Japanese seafood to join CPTPP

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea is not considering lifting a ban on imports of Japanese seafood to win Japan’s support for joining a mega free trade agreement in ... Read more »

South Africa vs India live stream: how to watch 2nd ODI online from anywhere

In a cricket tour that’s caused all kinds of problems for the visiting Indians, they now find themselves 1-0 down in a three-game ODI series. Can they draw level in ... Read more »

Strictly star pulls out of Live Tour following COVID diagnosis

The Strictly Live Tour kicked off on Thursday, but sadly fans ended up missing out on new star Nikita Kuzmin after he tested positive for COVID-19. READ: Strictly's John Whaite ... Read more »

We May Finally Know Why Whales Don't Drown When They Gulp Down Krill

© Chase Dekker Wild-Life Images/Getty Images A humpback whale feeding. Baleen whales are heavy drinkers. In just ten seconds, these giant mammals can down over five hundred bathtubs of ocean ... Read more »

Virgin Orbit California rocket launch paves way for UK lift-off

Virgin Orbit has conducted its third successful commercial launch using a rocket strapped to the left wing of a modified 747 aircraft. The flight took off on 13 January from ... Read more »

How to watch A Hero online Amazon Prime, winner at Cannes Film Festival

The winner of the Grand Prix and François Chalais accolades at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, A Hero is a morality tale that follows the triumphs and the pitfalls of ... Read more »

‘Call of Duty' will remain on PlayStation as Microsoft moves to acquire Activision Blizzard, Phil Spencer says

Photo credit: Fábio Silva / Unsplash As soon as Microsoft announced it was acquiring Activision Blizzard earlier this week, video game fans started to wonder if popular IPs like “Call of Duty” will ... Read more »

Identity Guard review

Our series on identity theft protection apps will evaluate the features, pricing options, competition, and also the overall value of using each app. However, these are not full hands-on reviews ... Read more »

(LEAD) S. Korea's tech trade logs second-highest tally of US$29 bln in 2020: data

(ATTN: ADDS more info in lead, 5th para) SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s technology trade reached the second-highest tally ever of US$29.9 billion in 2020, down 5.5 percent ... Read more »

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

1 / 3Geothermal Plants Nevada LawsuitFILE – The Dixie Meadows is pictured in June 2017 in Churchill County, Nev. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 15, 2021, conservationists and tribal leaders ... Read more »

Scientists make first detection of exotic “X” particles in quark-gluon plasma

The findings could redefine the kinds of particles that were abundant in the early universe. Read more »

Scientists discover 2.2km Antarctic canyon

Australian scientists have discovered a “mind boggling” 2.2km-deep canyon underneath an Antarctic glacier. It is hoped water samples from the depths will help paint a picture of how warming oceans ... Read more »

NASA's gamma-ray observatory is in safe mode after a possible wheel failure

© Provided by Space A visualization of the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has temporarily stopped its science observations while the mission team investigates an issue. ... Read more »

(LEAD) S. Korea proposes 14 tln-won extra budget to support pandemic-hit merchants

(ATTN: UPDATES with finance minister’s remarks in paras 6, 7, 18-22)By Kim Soo-yeon SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea proposed an additional extra budget of 14 trillion won (US$11.8 ... Read more »

Russia proposes ban on use and mining of cryptocurrencies, points to steps taken in China

Russia’s central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens’ well-being and its monetary policy sovereignty. The move ... Read more »

S. Korea's tech trade logs second-highest tally of US$29 bln in 2020: data

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s technology trade reached the second-highest tally ever of US$29.9 billion in 2020, down 5.5 percent from the previous year, government data showed Friday. ... Read more »

Google Chrome update makes searching your history less of a nightmare

Google is reportedly testing out a new feature for its browser that will make searching through your browsing history and bookmarks even easier in Chrome. First spotted by Chrome Story, ... Read more »

How to watch Single Drunk Female online from anywhere

Jail time starts looking appealing real fast after 20-something alcoholic Sam is forced to sober up under her mom’s roof, as a result of a minor indiscretion involving a co-worker’s ... Read more »

Gist of proposed extra budget designed to support pandemic-hit merchants

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — The following is the gist of the 14 trillion-won (US$11.8 billion) extra budget that the finance ministry proposed Friday to support small merchants hit by ... Read more »

S. Korea proposes 14 tln-won extra budget to support pandemic-hit merchants

By Kim Soo-yeon SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea proposed an additional extra budget of 14 trillion won (US$11.8 billion) Friday to support small merchants hit hard by the ... Read more »

TikTok is thinking about letting its creators charge subscription fees

© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok is testing paid subscriptions TikTok confirmed Thursday that it is testing support for paid subscriptions, paving the way for creators on ... Read more »

(LEAD) Exports rise 22 pct in first 20 days of Jan.

(ATTN: ADDS more details from 3rd para) SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s exports grew 22 percent on-year in the first 20 days of January on the back of ... Read more »

Covid: England announces end of its Plan B restrictions

England will begin lifting its winter Covid ‘Plan B’ restrictions from tomorrow. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Speaking at ... Read more »

Channel crossings: UK 'needs to change immigration policies', says French President Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron has called on the UK government to tackle migrant crossings in the Channel by creating “legal, safe routes” to Britain. Read more »

Primark to cut hundreds of jobs in store management shake-up

Primark has revealed plans to cut hundreds of jobs in a shake-up of store management – as it pledges not to raise prices. Read more »

Health secretary Sajid Javid admits if Boris Johnson has broken the law, he should go

Javid told Sky News: “If any minister, from the PM down, breaks the law, they should not continue to serve as a minister.” Read more »

Godzilla and the Titans will reunite in new Apple TV Plus Monsterverse series

© Legendary Pictures Though Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong made waves last summer by debuting on HBO Max and quickly becoming one of the platform’s top performing features, the next time ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic