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New WhatsApp Storage Feature Unveiled

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

WhatsApp is working on a new feature that’ll allow users to better manage their device storage usage, according to WABetaInfo

The storage feature menu is expected to offer:

  • A storage bar, useful to understand the portion of space occupied by WhatsApp (all media).
  • A second section to review all shared files, in order to delete unnecessary media and free up space.
  • A final section that contains the list of chats as usual, with the possibility to search a specific chat.

WhatsApp’s Viral Message Forwarding Feature is Updated

WhatsApp is on a mission to slow the spread of fake news between users and that’s why earlier this year it imposed a strict new limit on message forwarding. This feature means users who plan on forwarding a message that has been identified as “highly forwarded” will only be to send it to a single contact at a time.

A “highly forwarded” message is defined as media that has been sent through a chain of five or more contacts.

This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has introduced a limit like this – in 2019, the Facebook-owned chat app reduced the number of immediate forwarding contacts to five. These messages were labelled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from a close contact.

WhatsApp says that now it is “piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat. Providing a simple way to search messages that have been forwarded many times may help people find news results or other sources of information about the content they have received”.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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