Filipe Espósito, writing for 9to5Mac:
The change in the option to delete sent messages was announced by
WhatsApp itself on its Twitter profile. According to the
company, users will now have two days to decide to unsend a
message in a private or group chat.
More specifically, WhatsApp users will have two days and 12 hours
to delete a message after sending it. Previously, this limit was
only one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds — that was specific.
The old limit was arbitrary, but not exactly random. 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds is 4,096 seconds — 212.
Interestingly, while WhatsApp is increasing the time users have to
delete a message, Apple is going in the opposite direction with
iMessage. In the first beta versions of iOS 16, users had 15
minutes to unsend a message. Now with the latest betas, this limit
has been reduced to only two minutes.
The feature has been quite controversial as some users believe
that options to edit and unsend messages can be used for malicious
This makes me wonder whether fears about unsending with iMessage are overblown. WhatsApp is the most popular messaging service in the world, and they’re expanding the grace period for unsending. Perhaps Apple will loosen this period over time, too?
★ Tuesday, 9 August 2022