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Quoting WhatsApp message renders ‘delete’ feature ineffective

"Relying on third-party apps, users could browse the notification log to read purged texts," the report said

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  • If you don’t like the delete for everyone feature on WhatsApp here is the trick for you
  • If you quote someone message then the delete for everyone option becomes ineffective
  • It is also possible to recover deleted messages

If someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message — rendering the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature ineffective, a media report said.

Last year, WhatsApp rolled out this feature to allow its over one billion user base to revoke messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group.

Users can now stop the delete for everyone option. Pexels
Users can now stop the delete for everyone option. Pexels

Users can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.

However, tech website The Next Web reported that quoted messages in chats continued to show in quotes even after they were wiped.

It said that this is not a bug and is a part of the the feature.

If a user sends a message and deletes it from a group or individual chat within seven minutes, the message will disappear.

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However, if within these seven minutes, that message is quoted then the original message will successfully disappear but the deleted text continues to show in the recipient’s quote.

Interestingly, there is no mention of how the feature works in cases of quotes in the WhatsApp’s FAQ.

This comes following the reports in which researchers claimed to discover other shortcomings in WhatsApp’s implementation of deleted messages.

Users can now also recover deleted messages. Pixabay
Users can now also recover deleted messages. Pixabay

In one particular flaw — discovered by Spanish tech blog AndroidJefe — it was possible to recover deleted messages from the Android notification history.

“Relying on third-party apps, users could browse the notification log to read purged texts,” the report said.

The Independent later pointed out that this approach could only recover deleted messages that were read or interacted with.

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WhatsApp, NASSCOM to Impart Digital Literacy

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages

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FILE - The WhatsApp icon is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. VOA

In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training.

As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.

“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.

The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.

Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in. Pixabay

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.

“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.

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“I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added.

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). (IANS)