A new feature which allows users to set messages to disappear after 7 days is about to be added to WhatsApp. WhatsApp’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) has been updated to include the disappearing feature.
Previously, messages could only be erased by either deleting them for yourself or for everyone in the chat. With this new feature, you can set a message to basically self-destruct after 7 days.
How to enable the WhatsApp disappearing message feature
The first step to enabling the feature is to open the Whatsapp chat of the person or the group whose message you want to erase after some time. Once the chat is opened, select the “Disappearing messages” option and toggle it on. To turn the feature off, you have to navigate to the disappearing messages option and toggle it off as in the earlier process.
The feature is not yet publicly available but the guidelines from Whatsapp’s FAQ section indicate that it will not be long in coming.
Shortfalls of Whatsapp’s new feature
Whatsapp is not the first social media platform to offer the feature. Telegram offers a similar feature but adds some flexibility to what users can do with it. Messages on Whatsapp will only disappear after 7 days while the ones on Telegram can be set to specific expiration times from within seconds to hours and to days.
Another shortcoming is that except the auto-download feature is turned off in Settings > Data and Storage Usage, the media files in the messages that have been set to disappear will still be downloaded and saved on the recipient’s device anyway.
This implies that the media sent with the disappearing message will not disappear as expected if your auto-download is on. One would have expected an override in that case, but well, the feature may be updated in time.
When you reply by quoting a text, the quoted text shows. However, when a text has been set to erase and it is quoted in a reply, the text may still show after the 7 days expiry date. This means that the message will be visible in the quoted form even though it may have disappeared in the regular form.
If you forward a message to another group before the 7 days, it will not auto-delete except the disappearing feature is turned on in the group chat you sent it to.
As earlier mentioned, the feature is not yet public and therefore may not show up in your device. However, it is expected that in the coming months this feature will be widely available. It is also the hope that it would be improved to enable users set their own time limits.
TikTok enhances privacy with new family pairing options
TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile videos, today announced it will enhance privacy and browsing options for families by building on its existing Family Pairing features.
As more families continue to turn to internet platforms like TikTok to stay entertained, informed, and connected, parents can now guide their teen’s TikTok experience with the following new controls when Family Pairing is enabled:
● Search: Directly control whether your teen can search for content, users, hashtags, or sounds.
● Comments: Decide who can comment on your teen’s videos (everyone, friends, no one)
● Discoverability: Decide whether your teen’s account is private (your teen decides who can see their content) or public (anyone can search and view content)
● Liked videos: Decide who can view the videos your teen liked
Parenting a teen’s digital life can be daunting and many parents feel as though they’re playing catchup when it comes to the latest technology and apps their teens use. With that in mind, TikTok continuously speaks to parents and teens to ensure the digital landscape can be navigated together safely.
Family Pairing, which allows a parent to link their TikTok account to their teen’s, already offers features such as Screen Time Management, Restricted Mode, and Direct Message controls to provide parents with insight and control over how their teens use TikTok.
“While the internet provides us with many amazing opportunities to connect to others and learn about new things, we’re committed to helping facilitate important conversations within families about internet safety,” said Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok Content Operations Manager, Africa.
“We all need to apply the same cautions online as we would in real life, and having an enjoyable experience on TikTok starts with understanding the tools and controls parents and teens can access to remain safe.”
TikTok has taken a number of steps over the past year to improve and enhance its teams, policies, controls and educational resources. In addition to its tools for families, the platform continues to strengthen its safety and well-being policies as well as promoting a positive user experience.
For families who want to learn more about online safety, TikTok has created a number of resources, including its Youth Portal, Parents page, educational safety videos and more. TikTok remains committed to the safety of its community – especially the youth – and will continue to develop resources, tools, and policies as it aims for the highest level of safety.
How can I look at others’ WhatsApp status without them knowing it?
The WhatsApp status feature has become a widely used option today with people posting regular updates on their stories.
After rolling out the feature, WhatsApp had also introduced an option of privacy on the status that you upload — who can and cannot see the update.
For users’ privacy, WhatsApp had rolled out a feature through which you can stop the blue tick, the read sign, in messages from appearing. However, did you know that the same could be done for stories?
Yes, you can spy on others’ stories without them having any knowledge about it.
How to do it
Well, it is a pretty simple trick, the same that is used for messages — WhatsApp> Setting> Privacy> Toggle off the Read receipt.
Now, you can view your contacts’ status without them knowing about it, but on the downside, you will not be able to see who has opened your status.
Snap to pay video creators $1 million daily
The fast-growing public listed American social media company – Snap Inc., plans to release new functionality to its Snapchat app in order to enable popular videos that would be termed as Spotlight, and further disclosed it will pay $1 million per day to the creators of high performing videos.
According to Bloomberg, Snap revealed how content creators could earn such income with ease, as the level of entry was kept minimal, on the basis that video submitters to Spotlight do not need to have large followers or popular profiles.
What you should know
An algorithm from the app software will be the judge in realizing what videos Snapchat users will see based on how often Snap users view such videos.
If other snap chat users view the same content repeatedly, for example, that’s an alert it’s trending and this will trigger the algorithm to distribute it more widely.
What this means
The new feature will give Snapchat enough ammunition to fend off its rivals in an ever-changing competitive market for posting trendy videos online, which has been largely controlled by Google’s YouTube, Facebook Inc.’s Instagram, and China-based ByteDance Ltd.’s popularly known TikTok.
Tech Experts anticipate that such a new feature in its trendy app could generate more revenue for the company, as its recent earnings show it has 249 million daily active users in Q3 – such high numbers will attract global brands on advertising and enable more sponsored content.
The investors of the American social media company have earned high returns from its stock in 2020 alone, as its stock has almost tripled this year to a record $45.38million on the bias that an increasing number of young people spend more time on the app.
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