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WhatsApp tests temporary audios: voice messages that self-destruct

Over the years, WhatsApp has become a real ‘Swiss army knife’ in the technological world. Audio messages, introduced in WhatsApp in August 2013, have evolved over these ten years to establish themselves as a first option within the platform for sending and receiving information. Now, the Meta sub-brand thinks about the next step to optimize this solution: the audios that are deleted after listening to them.

A report from WABetaInfo, the news site for WhatsApp, adds details about an update to sending and receiving audio messages that will allow the message to be deleted after it is heard by the recipient. This complements the privacy and security proposal of the service, which already adds this ephemeral condition to photos and videos.

This finding, located in the Android beta, adds this delivery condition, which restricts the use of audio to be forwarded or saved by users. Additionally, this feature limits the ability of the computer to use screen recording and thereby capture audio.

En esta captura de pantalla se puede detectar un mensaje de audio temporal
A temporary audio message can be detected on this screenshot

At the moment, WhatsApp It has nearly 500 million users in India, 120 million in Brazil, 85 million in Indonesia, and more than 80 million in the United States. In Peru, it is estimated that 85% of all citizens connected to the network use WhatsApp.

“This feature will definitely increase the privacy and security of communication: since the audio message sent using single view mode is designed to be played only once, it surely reduces the risk that someone else can access or listen to it later. that can help protect sensitive and confidential information.” point out in WABetaInfo.

At the moment, there are no details about its possible arrival in public beta nor are there future plans for its implementation at a global level, impacting more than 2.4 billion users, above other Meta products, such as Instagram and Facebook.

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