Last year, the popular messenger WhatsApp announced a new handy feature – disappearing messages. At the same time, the corresponding mechanism had to be manually activated in each individual chat. Users are now able to select the function as the “default” for all one-to-one conversations.
WhatsApp now has the ability to turn on disappearing messages by default
In each new chat, messages will be automatically deleted after a specified period, without the need to worry about it specially. At the same time, the function does not work with existing chats.
It is easy to activate the function, but after turning on the contacts in new chats will receive notifications that the function is active by default. In the settings, you can choose the disappearance of messages after 24 hours, a week or 90 days. Note that this functionality “by default” does not apply to group chats – you will need to enable it manually.
To configure the “default” disappearing messages on Android and iOS, you need to go to the messenger, go to the menu “Settings” – “Account” – “Privacy” and in the “Disappearing messages” section set the “Automatic timer”.
Initially, it is off, but after activation, messages will begin to be deleted after a specified period.
- You can now set the WhatsApp disappearing messages feature as your permanent default.
- Messages will auto-delete after 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days.
- This only works in one-on-one chats and your chat partner will be notified of the feature.
WhatsApp and iMessage leaked the most information to the FBI
Smartphone users usually use various social media platforms and separate messengers. The leaked document confirms that some applications transmit a lot of data to US intelligence agencies.
According to Rolling Stone, the FBI can legally obtain information from any messaging application. At the same time, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage provide the FBI with the most information.
The document states that WhatsApp, iMessage and Line provided message content at a legal request from the FBI; while other messengers such as Signal, Telegram, Threema, Viber, WeChat and Wickr did not disclose the message content.
The FBI can obtain address book data from both the target and its contacts if it has a warrant. It can also track correspondence in real time. As for iMessage – if users back up their messages to iCloud, the FBI has access to the actual content of the message, as the Cupertino giant must pass the iCloud encryption key when submitting the warrant.