At long last, Facebook is implementing a new Messenger feature that gives users the ability to fully remove messages—from everyone’s view—in a conversation on the social media messaging app. This, after Facebook co-founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly already had the Messenger unsend capability at his disposal, as pointed out by CNBC.
How does it work? Just tap the message you want to unsend within ten minutes of sending. From there, you’ll be presented with two options: “Remove For Everyone” or “Remove For You.” Choosing “Remove For Everyone” deletes that message from view for all participants in the particular chat. And it replaces it with a message saying you’ve since deleted it. (In the past, one could remove a text only from their own view on the app.)
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It’s all laid out right here in Facebook’s recent post about the Messenger feature update. In it, the social media giant notes you can now remove any message that you’ve previously typed from a text. Regardless of single or group-chat status:
“Have you ever accidentally sent a message to the wrong group of friends, mistyped something, or simply wanted to remove a message in a chat? You’re not the only one! Starting today, we are launching a feature where you can easily remove your message on Messenger—whether it’s to one person or a group.”
As for Zuckerberg, it’s said the Facebook head already had the power. Going all the way back to last April. At that time, “multiple sources noted that messages they received from the CEO had mysteriously disappeared,” The Verge reports.
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. Facebook cited the resultant increased security in Zuck’s obtaining the Messenger unsend feature early.
“After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications,” a Facebook representative told TechCrunch around the time of the hack. “These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages.”
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— Variety (@Variety) February 5, 2019
What do you think, are you ready to unsend some texts on Facebook Messenger? Are you stoked to finally be able to delete a message in chat—from everyone’s view? Sound off down in the comments section with your thoughts.