WhatsApp 'Delete for Everyone' Doesn't Delete Media Files Sent to iPhone Users

If you mistakenly send a picture through WhatsApp, you will probably want to use the delete for everyone feature. What would you have done two or three years ago? - probably hope the person never opens the message.

Since WhatsApp introduced the feature, it has been a life-saving feature for its users but does it really do what it says? I remember relying on this feature one time to escape the awkwardness of mistakenly sending messages and media files to a wrong person. Well, I think it is even more awkward as WhatsApp makes the other person at the end of the phone know you deleted a message. Unlike Telegram Messanger which is WhatsApp's rival, it provides a sense of privacy. Telegram patched it privacy flaw, what is WhatsApp waiting for?

However, it turns out that WhatsApp delete for everyone feature doesn't delete media files sent to iPhone users (with default settings) as it does from the Android devices, leaving sent files saved on the recipient's iOS device even if the messenger chat screen displays you, This message has been deleted. The feature for WhatsApp for iOS has not been designed to delete received media files saved in the camera roll. For Android, WhatsApp will delete the media files from the recipient device gallery.

WhatsApp by default saves all images and videos you receive to your camera roll or Android media gallery. This feature can be turned off from the app's setting but very few people care about this. Could it be because of Apple policies that do not allow apps to make changes to files saved in the users' Camera Roll? Regardless of the case, WhatsApp should not falsely advertise that the delete for everyone option is really effective. Reports have been filed by and WhatsApp has refused to address the issue.

    The functionality provided via "Delete for Everyone" is intended to delete the message and there is no guarantee that the media (or message) will be permanently deleted—the implementation focuses around the message presence in WhatsApp - According to the company

Though WhatsApp says "there is no guarantee a message or the attachments will be deleted," the company hinted that it might make changes to this functionality and its implementation in the future.

Source: The Hacker News

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