WhatsApp’s new feature allows users to download deleted media

It points out that users are now able to re-download media 30 days after deleting it from their phones. WhatsApp relies on open industry standards created by the developers behind Signal, a rival messaging app, while Telegram relies on its own, home-grown encryption techniques.

WhatsApp had earlier rolled out its UPI based payments feature in India for select beta testers. Users will be able to download deleted media, and if the files are no longer on WhatsApp servers, users can request the original sender of the media to resend it. If you want to check it out, you’ll have to be on version 2.18.113 of WhatsApp’s beta and specifically navigate to Settings Payments New Payment.

Remember downloaded media messages means videos, photos, etc on which the user clicked and these were downloaded on the app, and thus saved to the phone’s storage. When a media file is downloaded successfully, the app does not delete it from the server. Previously, when you received an image, GIF, video, document or voice message sent on WhatsApp and deleted the file in the WhatsApp folder, then users couldn’t download it again, reported Gizbot. WhatsApp kept data you do not download on its servers for 30 days. However, ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, triggering the #DeleteFacebook movement, suspicions have been cast over WhatsApp’s data sharing policy. Gadgets 360 has been able to verify the new feature is now available in the WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android. You can discard it, if you’d prefer. Keep in mind that the update only lets you download the deleted attachments only and there’s no way to get your deleted messages back again.

By being able to track how much money you are spending, how often and where it can be used to create even more detailed profiles of the sort that allegedly impacted the U.S. Election that affected most of Facebook’s 2 billion users. While iOS users have to pay nearly ₹65 rupees, Android users get it for free (well, at least for a year). Russia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram after the company refused to comply with an order to give state security access to its users’ secret messages.

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