Last month, we reported on WhatsApp’s addition of the Disappearing Message function that only lasts for a finite period of time. Today, they are pushing something counterintuitive.
With more people saving their reminders in personal and group chats, Meta obviously thinks that by introducing ‘Keep in Chat’, users will be able to hang on to texts needed at a later time, such as sensitive information (You know who you are who does this).
However, this is enabled from a standpoint where a given message can only be enabled ‘Keep in Chat’ by the sender himself which means you consent to other people to store and keep it for future use.
To keep privacy as the top priority, the sender will be able to revoke the message from being “keepable” and subsequently issue an expiration timer if needed. So in this way, you’re fully utilizing Disappearing Message and Keep in Chat functions to the max.
Additionally, there will be a bookmark icon on messages being kept and organized into a Kept Messages folder.
The feature will be rolled out globally in the next few weeks so perhaps you could be the lucky one to start using them earlier than anybody else.