We have already established that some people send messages that they are sorry they sent or want to disappear after a while. There are many messaging and social media apps that have adapted to disappearing messages. WhatsApp introduced something similar to that last year, but the only option you have is to force a message to disappear after 7 days. It seems they are adding a new option soon as they seem to be testing an option to automatically delete a message after 24 hours.
WABetaInfo is a trusted source for leaks and tips on anything related to WhatsApp. They have discovered that the Facebook-owned messaging app appears to have added a new option to the disappear option. So aside from the previous 7 days option (well, the only other option available previously), you can now choose to have your message disappear after 24 hours, similar to what happens in things like Instagram Stories, Snapchat, etc.
The screenshot that has been shared is for the iOS version, but the information shared is that the quick disappear option will be available on all WhatsApp platforms, including Android. Often times, features are tested first in iOS apps because it could be simpler than the more complicated Android version that has to be adapted to several different devices. But for sure this disappearing option will eventually be tested on Android as well.
WhatsApp is also working on other things like the ability to send photos and videos more privately. When this is enabled, the recipient can only open the photo or video once and then it will self-destruct. Of course, people can still take a screenshot before it disappears, but at least it is better if privacy is what you are looking for. However, we don’t know how this will work with the 24 hour disappear message option.
We do not yet know when any of these features will appear in the beta version and, finally, in the stable version. However, he has to get out of the testing phase first, so hopefully soon.