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Apr 12, 2001

WhatsApp has announced a new option for disappearing messages conversations that lets recipients keep individual messages if the sender approves the request.


"Keep in Chat" enables users to long press a disappearing message and ask to keep it, which sends a notification to the sender: "Someone kept your message so they can refer back to it." The sender can then either allow the save to go ahead or veto the request.

From WhatsApp's blog post:
Today we're introducing "Keep in Chat," so you can hang on to texts you need for later, with a special superpower for the sender. We believe if you've sent the message, it's your choice whether others in the chat can keep it for later.
WhatsApp says that if a user decides their message can't be kept by others, their decision is final – no one else can keep it and the message will be deleted when the timer expires.
If a recipient asks to save a disappearing message and the sender allows it, the message gets a bookmark icon to indicate that it can be found in the user's kept messages folder, which is organized by chat.

WhatsApp says the feature is rolling out globally in the next few weeks.

Article Link: WhatsApp Users Can Now Save Disappearing Messages If the Sender Consents
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macrumors 65816
Aug 11, 2014
I have a cousin, about 19 who uses this disappearing feature. It's pretty creepy. And pushing 40, I have minimal memory, so he better like repeating himself.


macrumors 6502
Nov 1, 2019
Linz, Austria
Never heard of an app blocking a built-in iOS feature like that.
Netflix has done that since -- if not ever then at least years. When you try to screenshot the movie/series goes black and the only thing visible on the screenshot is the subtitles, that is if you have them enabled.


macrumors 68040
Aug 14, 2007
Disappearing messages are going to be a great boon for dishonest and corrupt politicians, who are always getting tripped up by their WhatApp trails, at least here in the UK. No more! Now all your shady dealings can just... disappear! Poof!


Dec 31, 2021
2023 and we’re having silly conversations about ‘consent’, commonplace these days 🥴


Dec 31, 2021
I’m just trying to imagine the MacRumors forums with disappearing messages.
They already do!!!!

There’s a rule that you can’t comment on the moderation now ….. (ps mods, I am stating the rule. Not commenting on any decision you’ve made..)
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