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WhatsApp Introduces Message Editing Feature, Allowing Users to Make Changes within 15 Minutes of Sending

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WhatsApp Introduces Message Editing Feature, Allowing Users to Make Changes within 15 Minutes of Sending

In a recent update announced on Monday, WhatsApp, the Meta-owned app, has introduced a new feature that enables users to edit their messages. This move brings WhatsApp in line with other popular messaging platforms like Telegram and Signal, which already offer similar editing capabilities. According to the update, users will now have a window of up to 15 minutes after sending a message to make any necessary edits.

Within the next few weeks, the newly introduced feature is anticipated to become available to WhatsApp’s vast user base, consisting of approximately 2 billion users.

In a blog post on Monday, the company expressed its enthusiasm for providing users with greater control over their chats, stating, “From rectifying minor spelling errors to providing additional context to a message, we are thrilled to offer you more flexibility.” Users can easily access the editing feature by long-pressing on a sent message and selecting “Edit” from the menu, within a timeframe of up to fifteen minutes.

When a message is edited on WhatsApp, it will be marked as “edited,” informing recipients that a modification has been made. However, the specifics of the changes made will not be visible. Notably, other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram already provide similar message editing capabilities. In addition, Twitter’s subscription service, Twitter Blue, offers a 30-minute window for editing messages.

Over the past few years, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has been recognized for its endeavors to imitate rival applications, with varying degrees of success. A notable example is the introduction of Instagram Stories in 2016, which proved to be highly popular. This move came after Meta’s unsuccessful attempt to acquire the ephemeral photo app Snapchat back in 2013.

Nevertheless, Meta’s attempts to replicate neighborhood communication app Nextdoor and celebrity video app Cameo did not come to fruition as both projects were eventually discontinued. However, reports indicate that the company is currently gearing up to release a Twitter-like platform, possibly as early as June, with an emphasis on serving “creators and public figures.”

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