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WhatsApp allows users to edit messages within 15 minutes and receives 12.4M Digital Engagement: CheckBrand

WhatsApp has made an exciting announcement that it will soon allow its 2 billion users to edit messages, bringing it on par with competitors like Telegram and Discord. This move comes as part of Meta's (the US technology giant that owns WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram) efforts to enhance user experience across its platforms. The highly-anticipated feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

In a recent blog post, WhatsApp expressed its enthusiasm about offering users more control over their chats, stating, "From fixing a simple typo to providing additional context, we're thrilled to introduce this new editing feature." Users will be able to edit messages within 15 minutes of sending them by long-pressing the desired message and selecting the "Edit" option from the menu.

To ensure transparency, edited messages will be clearly marked as "edited" for recipients to be aware of the changes. However, the specific alterations made to the message over time will not be visible. WhatsApp's largest market, India, with its staggering 487 million users, eagerly awaits this update.

WhatsApp's decision to implement message editing aligns with the recent adoption of similar features by messaging services like Telegram and Signal. Facebook, the social media giant, actually introduced this functionality nearly a decade ago, featuring edit markers and providing users with access to edit history. Twitter, led by Elon Musk, also joined the trend last year by allowing paying subscribers to edit their tweets within a 30-minute window, aiming to make tweeting a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

While the information provided is accurate up until my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, it's essential to note that WhatsApp's plans and advancements may have evolved since then. Nonetheless, users can look forward to gaining more control and flexibility in their conversations with the upcoming editing feature.

 

May 24, 2023
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