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Facebook testing an unsend option within Messenger conversation

Facebook had previously used a secret tool to delete messages of its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Published: October 15, 2018 11:12 AM IST
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Facebook has finally begun testing option to unsend messages on its Messenger application after it was revealed that the company secretly deleted some old messages sent by its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Earlier this year, Facebook disclosed that it secretly deleted some messages by Zuckerberg and announced plans to make the feature available to general users as well.

The act of secretly deleting messages on its platform was seen as abnormal for a platform with over billion monthly active users. It raised eyebrows across the tech community since the same option was not available to normal Facebook users. On Facebook Messenger right now, if you delete messages from your end then it will continue to remain in the recipient’s inbox. However, in the case of Zuckerberg, it was discovered that Facebook deleted messages from both Zuckerberg’s account as well as that of his recipient.

As an attempt to curb the suspicion around its activity, Facebook confirmed in April that it is planning to implement an “unsend” feature for all users. While it did not give details as to how it will work or when it will be available, the feature has surfaced in the form of testing. A first look at this upcoming unsend feature has surfaced online.

As first reported by TechCrunch, Tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong managed to grab screenshots of the unsend feature being tested on Android version of the Messenger app. The screenshots reveal that when editing messages sent in a conversation, the option to “Unsend Message” appears above “Delete Message.”

If user selects the unsend message option, a pop-up appears that asks to confirm if you want to remove the message. “Your message will be removed from the chat, and you,” the pop-up message reads. Similar to Gmail’s Undo Send feature, there will be a time limit to unsend messages within a conversation.

While Gmail gives its users a 30-second window to unsend emails, Wong does not confirm what Messenger’s unsend time limit is. A Facebook spokesperson also confirmed to TechCrunch that it is internally testing the feature. “Facebook internally tests products and features before they ship to the public so we can ensure the quality of the experience,” the spokesperson said.

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  • Published Date: October 15, 2018 11:12 AM IST