Facebook issues big SMS alert for every iPhone owner as Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Apple

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has launched an attack on Apple’s iMessage, claiming WhatsApp is better.

The 38-year-old tech billionaire beat the iPhone maker when its WhatsApp platform went on a huge hype to highlight key security benefits.

Apple recently introduced iMessage editing

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Apple recently introduced iMessage editingCredit: apple

Zuck posted a shot of a billboard on Facebook and Instagram and said, “WhatsApp is far more private and secure than iMessage.”

He points out that WhatsApp is safer for everyone because it not only encrypts messages end-to-end for iPhones.

End-to-End Encryption makes it impossible for anyone to intercept your private messages.

iMessage offers this protection between Apple devices, but not when the recipient is using an Android phone.

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“WhatsApp is much more private and secure than iMessage, with end-to-end encryption that works on both iPhones and Android, including group chats,” boasts Zuck.

“Whatsapp also lets you make all new chats disappear with the click of a button.

“And last year we also introduced end-to-end encrypted backups. iMessage still doesn’t have any of that.”

His criticism comes as WhatsApp owner Meta suffered a $10 billion bruise after Apple made sweeping changes to privacy rules last year.

Facebook relies on advertising to make money, especially targeted ads.

But the iOS move prompted more users to opt out of tracking.

Apple recently updated iMessage as part of iOS 16 to get a share of WhatsApp’s success.

One of the biggest new features is the ability to edit and cancel texts.

That means you can now correct typos, accidental messages, or regrettable writing instantly.

Editing texts after they’ve been sent is a rare feature — even Whatsapp doesn’t have it yet.

But WhatsApp has been offering no-sending — withdrawing an SMS from a recipient’s phone — for some time.

How to edit an iPhone text

Not all iMessages can be optimized or deleted: there is a time limit.

You only have 15 minutes to make changes to a text before the option expires.

Just press and hold the message to edit it.

Recipients are notified when a text has been edited.

However, it’s not possible to see exactly what changes were made – unless you’ve seen the message before and remembered what it said.

Also important is that both the sender and recipient must be on iOS 16 for the feature to work.

So even if you have iOS 16, you can’t undo or edit a text for someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.

You’ll get a warning that some people won’t see your changes in this case.

All must be running iOS 16 for the feature to work.

Unfortunately, when you use WhatsApp, there is no way to edit a text.

However, WhatsApp regularly adds new features and is already testing a similar hack.

So you might not have to wait too long to edit WhatsApp texts as well.

How to send an iPhone text

You can retract an iMessage on iOS 16 within the first 15 minutes by pressing and holding the text.

But don’t think you can do this quietly.

Just like WhatsApp, if a text has “not been sent,” a note will appear for both the sender and the recipient.

This prevents any confusion once text has disappeared.

With WhatsApp it is a very similar process.

Just press and hold the message and select “Delete for everyone”.

This option will disappear after too much time has passed, so be quick.

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