WhatsApp will soon be sending messages that self destruct

The WABetaInfo site has spotted a major novelty in the latest beta of Facebook's email software. Coming soon, WhatsApp should introduce a message function that self-destructs. According to WABetaInfo, however, WhatsApp uses a different term, evoking messages that "disappear" after a certain time.

The idea is inspired by Snapchat, the instant messenger app of rival Snap Inc., which allows sending messages and photos that disappear immediately read.

If it is already possible to erase a message sent to a correspondent on WhatsApp, messaging did not allow to automate the process, until today.

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A configurable function

Several details reveal more about this feature. It would be a question of being able to set the timer, from 5 seconds to 1 hour. The messages sent through this function will disappear then a few seconds after being read, and in some cases up to 1 hour after being read. There are many potential uses, from sending confidential information to the sexto.

According to WABetaInfo, however, the functionality will not be ready for deployment yet. From the moment it is mentioned in the beta of the software, there is still a good chance that its deployment is imminent.