Unsend feature rolls out for Facebook Messenger

Judy Cobb
February 6, 2019

Last year, TechCrunch discovered that Zuckerberg had the secret messaging power to unsend communications, and the company said that it would develop a similar feature for all users.

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend or delete messages within individual or group chats, up to 10 minutes after sending them. So, if The Zuck sent you a message, you might find it gone days or weeks later. You'll notice a new option that says "Remove for Everyone".

In order to exercise your newfound message deletion powers, all you have to do is tap on a message in a conversation and select "remove".

Rolled out to both iOS and Android users in the most recent update, deleting the message is as simple as tapping on the message and deleting it for everyone in the chat, not just yourself. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", Facebook told TechCrunch at the time. You're not the only one!

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Facebook said it would also allow users to report any harmful messages which are sent and then deleted for a limited time in order to prevent abuse of the feature. Going all the way back to last April. It not only disappears from your messages but also from the recipient.

Apparently, Zuckerberg got the preferential Messenger treatment from his own company after the 2014 Sony Pictures email hacks, when a hacker group known as "Guardians Of Peace" leaked a giant stash of stolen, confidential movie industry info.

This is an option that has always been rumored, and even began a rollout at one point, because reports came out that higher up execs at Facebook had the option and the public began to pressure the company to give everyone the same feature. "These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger".

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