WhatsApp to Allow Users to Edit Messages

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The Facts

  • On Monday, the popular messaging app WhatsApp introduced the highly requested feature of allowing users to edit their messages up to 15 minutes after sending them.

  • WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta Platforms, announced the changes in a blog post stating: "For the moments when you make a mistake or simply change your mind, you can now edit your sent messages on WhatsApp."

The Spin

Narrative A

WhatsApp has listened to its users by allowing them to edit their messages after they're sent. From correcting misspellings to fixing grammatical errors or adding needed context, users will have the power to alter messages in the way they see fit. Messages will display that they are edited, but prior messages will be removed and protected by Meta’s world-class encryption.

Narrative B

Meta platforms continue to lag behind competitors and adopt popular features from rivals. Not only is WhatsApp way behind in allowing users to edit their messages, but it also only grants a 15-minute window to correct errors. However, these are only trivial problems for Meta as WhatsApp has come under severe scrutiny for its inability to protect user data.

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