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No more ‘Bro Ochola’ moments in WhatsApp’s new upgrade

By AGENCIES February 1st, 2017 2 min read

WhatsApp could soon introduce the ability to recall sent messages, easing the minds of people that regularly panic after sending texts by mistake.

In 2016 a man popular known as ‘Bro Ocholla’ caused uproar after he sent explicit message in an Embakasi Prayer group on Whatsapp which shocked his group members and found its way to social media.

The new feature will mean that users can delete a message from the receiver’s phone if it is yet to be read.

The delete function is currently being tested on the beta version of WhatsApp’s next update, along with the ability to edit send messages that haven’t been read.

Features are generally included in beta versions before making them into a full consumer release, although it is unclear when this might be.

As well as these edit tools, WhatsApp is also testing a new feature that could make it a lot easier to coordinate meeting a group of friends.


A new feature unique to WhatsApp is being tested that lets users send friends their moving location so that they can find one another more easily.

The new feature is called Live Location Tracking, it lets users show their movements to friends within a group chat. They can opt to share their moving position for a limited time of one, two or five minutes.

It builds on WhatsApp’s popular send your location feature that allows users to share their exact position at a given time.

WhatsApp users will probably have to manually turn it on in settings, allaying privacy fears. It is currently being tested in the beta version of the messaging app’s next update, meaning that it could soon be released to all users, although no time frame has been announced.

Other features being tested in the beta include the ability to reply to status messages, as well as shaking you phone within a conversation to contact WhatsApp and report spam.