WhatsApp extends Delete for All message time limit

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WhatsApp extends Delete for All message time limit

Originally introduced in October, the WhatsApp "delete for everyone" used to only allow you to delete messages up to seven minutes after you sent them.

Users originally only had 8 minutes and 32 seconds (512 seconds) to reconsider their actions, but in the last week the company has chose to increase the limit to 4096 seconds, that is around 1 hour 8 minutes.

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WhatsApp's recently introduced "Delete for Everyone" feature has now submitted a new update to the Apple App Store. Those using modded or unauthorized versions of the app have tricked this notification system to delete old messages.

WaBetaInfo reports that Facebook-owned chat company is secretly working on a feature called "Block revoke request" that would be useful in keeping a check on the misuse of Delete for Everyone feature.

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WhatsApp has quietly changed the way its message deletion feature works. When the recipient received this particular message contained the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and directly deleted it.

WhatsApp then finds a message in the database having the same ID and matches it with that of the message requested to be revoked by the sender.

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With this new addition, WhatsApp is sticking to 24 hours as a reference time period in order to ensure that the recipient or recipients in case of group chat have ample time to receive the revoke request. Well it's not quite as random it might first appear - it's the same as 4,096 seconds, an eightfold increase on the previous limit of 8 minutes and 32 seconds (or 512 seconds). The post points out that this will make sure no-one can illegally delete messages older than 24 hours for everyone.

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