WhatsApp has unveiled a new editing feature that allows users to edit messages after sending them.
In a recent blog post, the platform announced the global rollout of the editing function which allows editing of messages within a 15-minute period after sending them.
The feature will become available to all users in the coming weeks.
Once a message has been edited, it will display a notification stating “edited,” although the edit history itself will not be visible, preventing users from viewing the original content prior to the changes.
To activate the feature, users can press and hold on a message and select “edit” from the pop-up menu that appears.
Previously, if a user wanted to correct a hastily sent or erroneous message, they had to delete it and send a fresh one, with recipients being alerted to the deletion through a notification that reads, “This message was deleted.”
WhatsApp stated, “From correcting a simple misspelling to adding extra context to a message, we’re excited to bring you more control over your chats. All you need to do is long-press on a sent message and choose ‘Edit’ from the menu for up to 15 minutes after.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Meta, previewed the WhatsApp change on his Facebook page, showcasing a message that had been altered from “Beast of luck!” to “Best of luck!”
Meta’s other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, have had editing features for posts and comments for about a decade. However, Instagram only allows users to edit posts, not comments.
Compiled by staff writer
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