WhatsApp has been testing a feature that lets you unsend an embarrassing text. The unsend feature is called Delete For Everyone. It enables you to delete a message before the little ticks will turn blue.
As WABetaInfo reported, the feature is now fully functioning. However, even though it works, it’s not live yet. But WABetaInfor is confident that users won’t be waiting for it too long as it’ll go live soon.
What’s it for?
The primary goal of this feature is pretty obvious. It’s for everyone who accidentally sent an embarrassing text to a colleague, boss or an ex after too many drinks. It’s also useful for users who always fall victim to autocorrect.
The feature can work on iOS and Android devices. It deletes the message from notifications on both devices. That is, if you can get to it fast enough, the recipient won’t know what you said.
However, the feature will still notify the recipients. But when they open the message, it’ll read, “This message was deleted.” That means you need to be ready with your excuse when they ask for it.
WhatsApp, however, hasn’t released an official statement yet.
When it becomes available, it can work on all type of messages. That is, you can unsend text, image, video, document, and GIF. But there’s no way for you to delete the message that has been sent or a message that was sent a minute ago.
Regardless, this feature can avoid embarrassment. Accidentally sending a message to someone you’re chatting with is a typical gaffe. It’s especially true when you send the message while you’re drunk. With this feature, you don’t have to regret what you’ve sent.
In other news, WhatsApp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, will be leaving the company. He’s going to start his own non-profit company. He began working at Facebook when WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion in 2014.
He was a big advocate for pushing the app into encryption. He announced his departure during an all-hands meeting at the headquarters of Facebook. The news was later published to his Facebook page.
“After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life. I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and now it’s time to just focus and execute. I’ll have more to share in the coming months. This decision is, of course, a tough one. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it’s humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.” – Acton
Acton didn’t state clearly what kind of company he’ll focus on. According to Forbes, his net worth is at $6.5 billion. That said, he has money that he can throw around.