If you’ve ever sent a drunk or mistaken IM, you’ll be happy to hear that WhatsApp is considering a new option to correct poor life decisions.
WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow you to revoke a message once it has been sent. A Twitter account, @WABetaInfo , that regularly tracks new WhatsApp features, discovered the addition in recent beta copies of WhatsApp.
The screenshots, shared by WABetaInfo , suggest that a user will be able to revoke a message only if the recipient hasn’t viewed it: a revoke option appears next to a message with a single tick – an indicator that a message has been sent to the server, but not delivered to or viewed by the recipient – and only within 5 minutes of sending the message. We’re not sure yet, but it seems unlikely that a user will be able to revoke messages if they’ve generated a notification on another device.
WhatsApp is also testing a new text formatting feature that allows changing of fonts into italic, and bold as well as striking it through. Currently, users have to remember a range of commands to format their messages: like placing text between two asterisks, like *this* to make it bold and to italicize, sandwich text between two underscores, like _this_ .
If feedback from the beta tests proves positive, WhatsApp will roll the features out to all users in future updates.