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Facebook Messenger starts rolling out ‘unsend’ message feature like WhatsApp

The feature works similar to 'Delete for Everyone' feature on WhatsApp but with time limit of 10 minutes.

  • Published: November 15, 2018 1:17 PM IST
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Facebook’s ‘unsend’ message feature is finally live after multiple trial reports for several months. The company was first spotted testing unsend message (delete) option for Facebook Messenger in April, and now it has rolled out this feature for select regions to start with.

At present, Facebook Messenger users in Colombia, Poland, Bolivia, and Lithuania will be able to use this feature and it’s expected to be rolled out to other parts of the world soon.

With the new feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to remove a message from recipients’ inboxes within 10 minutes of sending it. Similar to deleting a message from a conversation, users in Messenger will now see two options ‘Remove for Everyone’ and ‘Remove for You.’

Once a user taps on ‘Remove for Everyone’, Messenger will pop-up one more confirmation message asking you to be sure of it. But even after deleting a message, Facebook will retain it in database for a little longer to check if it has been marked for abuse.

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In an interview to TechCrunch, Facebook’s Head of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky said, “The pros are that users want to be in control . . . and if you make a mistake you can correct it. There are a lot of legitimate use cases out there that we wanted to enable.”

“We need to make sure we don’t open up any new venues for bullying. We need to make sure people aren’t sending you bad messages and then removing them because if you report them and the messages aren’t there we can’t do anything.” he further added.

Earlier in March, Facebook released the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature on WhatsApp that provides the users an hour-long window to remove sent messages from individual as well as group chats.

  • Published Date: November 15, 2018 1:17 PM IST