How to delete messages on Facebook Messenger

How to delete messages on Facebook Messenger

How to delete messages on Facebook Messenger

However, as popular as Facebook Messenger is, it's never offered the ability to delete or "unsend" a message. Fellow messaging service WhatsApp - which is also owned by Facebook - also has an "unsend" tool. Yesterday, users noticed a time constraint on when you're able to delete any unwanted or mistake texts, with ten minutes given until the message lives on forever.

"Messenger's time limit to remove a message is created to provide users with more control and flexibility over their messages while also ensuring we prevent abuse of the feature (such as sending and removing harmful messages)", Facebook revealed.

Facebook initially promised the feature after TechCrunch reported in April of previous year that multiple people said Facebook messages they received from CEO Mark Zuckerberg later appeared to be deleted while their own messages remained. This can help with typos, for sure, but it will also come in handy when and if you send a message to the wrong recipient.

Facebook on Tuesday added a Messenger feature for anyone who has fired off a comment they regretted - a way to take it back.

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To do this, tap on the message you'd like to retract and and select 'Remove for Everyone'. "Starting today, we are launching a feature where you can easily remove your message on Messenger". Once "removed", the message will not reappear in the draft space. But you better act fast - the grace period lasts only 10 minutes.

After selecting 'Remove for Everyone, ' users will get a warning that says: 'You'll permanently remove this message for all chat members.

However, you don't need to be fearful of abusive messengers using this new feature as some kind of safety net. Within hours, Facebook announced an unsend feature was in the works for users as well. Florencia Herra-Vega, the CTO of encrypted messaging app Peerio, told Business Insider via message.

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