WhatsApp Beta Allegedly Allows Edit, Revoke of Sent Text Message; Also Features Live Location Tracker

7 February 2017, 3:00 am EST By Regin Olimberio Mobile & Apps

The auto correct feature for text messages has proven to be troublesome for some users. This is why mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, is allegedly testing ways to edit or revoke messages that have already been sent.

According to Mashable, the current version of WhatsApp allows editing or revocation only when the recipient hasn't read the message yet. Secondly, the revoked message will not be stricken out of records because the recipient will be notified that the message has been changed.

As of writing, it is still unclear whether users can revoke messages from recepients who have notifications turned on. Since the notification feature serves as an auto message retriever, it shows the message and remotely displays it even on locked screens for the user to read without actually opening WhatsApp. Another unclear issue is the time limit given to senders to edit or delete their original message.

Both iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp are being tested for the feature. However, the beta version has to be requested from developers since the most recent version available for download on the Play Store, v.2.17.42, lacks the revoke/edit feature.

Meanwhile, another feature that WhatsApp is allegedly working on is the Live Location Tracking. This allows people in the same chatroom to track each other for easier meet-ups. Live Location Tracking is disabled by default so users do not need to worry about giving their location away without any consent.

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