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WhatsApp Introduces Messages That Delete After Seven Days

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted at developments last year
  • Financial services firms struggling to monitor staff at home
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Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp will roll out disappearing messages to users this month, which will delete posts in a chat after seven days, mirroring rival platforms such as Signal.

The function should help “the conversation feel lighter and more private,” Facebook said in a statement on Thursday. For employers attempting to monitor record numbers of staff working from home, the app’s new feature may make it even more difficult to police communications.