A feature discovered in WhatsApp’s new beta code suggests that WhatsApp may soon start offering a secret messaging service just like Telegram. The company updated the beta version of the Android app, according to Twitter user WABetaInfo, and offered users the ability to send self-destructive messages as an option.
Currently, only group settings test feature is only available to a limited number of users. Messages can be deleted automatically no later than 5 seconds after being discarded and 1 hour at the latest. As part of the update, let’s add to group managers that there’s a feature to prevent participants from texting the group.
Lost messages, which have so far been one of the reasons users prefer Telegram, are used especially in processes that require privacy in business. This feature, which Telegram offers as part of a secret chat, allows messages to be deleted from devices after a specified period of time. As part of the feature, Telegram states that deleted messages are not stored on servers. Likewise, Telegram prevents users from transmitting the message to others or taking screenshots. Given that Facebook is the parent company of WhatsApp, it’s unlikely to expect the feature to be as confidential and secure as telegram.
In the meantime, let’s say that the company’s “secret messaging” feature is active in Messenger, another messaging app. However, this secret messaging feature encrypts messages and images only from end to end. In this sense, whatsApp, which already has end-to-end encryption, is taking secret messaging to a new level.