WHATSAPP is reportedly preparing to rid the world of the scourge of embarassing messages.
It is rumoured to be working on an update which will allow users to “unsend” missives and save themselves from getting egg on their reddening face.
The Twitter account WABetaInfo, which shares details of unreleased WhatsApp features, claimed you’ll soon be able to “revoke” a message within five minutes of sending it.
This feature would be amazing for anyone prone to sending drunken messages.
But sadly, we can’t guarantee that it will be introduced in the new software at this stage.
WhatsApp Web 0.2.4077: many improvements for the revoke feature & you’ll be able to unsend messages sent within 5 minutes (DISABLED NOW). pic.twitter.com/2qj28JEwyi
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 12, 2017
Last week, it was alleged that WhatsApp is about to get a lot less private.
Facebook, which bought WhatsApp in 2014, is in negotiations with the European regulator to get its hands on the chat app’s juicy data.
The European Union previously told WhatsApp to stop sharing users’ information with Facebook.
It didn’t believe people using it (the likes of you and I) had consented, or fully understood exactly what and how their information was being shared.
But this could change by the summer.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, the lead EU regulator on privacy issues for Facebook said that the European Union might have a change of heart.
“I think we are in agreement with the parties — WhatsApp and Facebook — that the quality of the information provided to users could have been clearer, could have been more transparent and could have been expressed in simpler terms,” she told Reuters in an interview.
“We are working towards a solution on that.”
It’s not clear exactly what information will be shared, but it will mean personal information including phone numbers and usage could be linked to your social media profile.