by Rhiannon Williams
Facebook is introducing an unsend feature for its Messenger app, giving users the chance to recall unwanted messages for the first time.
The feature, which Facebook claims will give users more control over their conversations, will provide a 10 minute window in which to delete messages.
Giving users ‘more control and flexibility’
“Messenger’s time limit to remove a message is designed 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),” a spokesperson for Messenger said in a statement.
“If a user does receive a harmful message and the sender removes that message, the recipient can, for a limited time, still report the conversation to Facebook for investigation the same way they would with any Messenger conversation.”
In order to use the new feature, your phone will need to be running the latest version of iOS or Android software, Facebook said.
How to delete a message from Facebook Messenger
1. Tap on the message in question
2. Select ‘Remove for everyone’. (Note: selecting ‘Remove for You’ will only hide the message from yourself, it’ll still be visible to others in the conversation)
Following in the footsteps of WhatsApp
WhatsApp started experimenting with a message deletion feature back in late 2017, which is now commonplace for users across the world.
Participants in a group conversation receive a message saying ‘This message was deleted’ to alert them of the change.
Like Messenger, there’s also an option to delete messages you yourself have sent, although this has no effect on your messages received by others.
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