Facebook unveils new feature that allows you to unsend messages

By                                         Opto 04 Feb 2019 08:40 GMT

Facebook initially promised the feature after TechCrunch reported in April of past year that multiple people said Facebook messages they received from CEO Mark Zuckerberg later appeared to be deleted while their own messages remained.

The company apologized for only making the feature available to its executives, and said it would bring the feature to all Messenger users before it deleted any more of its executives' messages.

Messenger does have a secret message feature that has an option to delete messages based on a timer, but it can only be enabled for individual conversations. "Tapping 'remove for everyone" will permanently delete the message from your chat and the receiving party's chat. Just tap on the message you want to delete, then select "Remove for You" or "Remove for Everyone".

The unsend feature will be available in the next update of Messenger for iPhone and Android.

As for Zuckerberg, it's said the Facebook head already had the power. Secondly, Facebook Messenger users will only have 10 minutes to unsend misguided messages, after which point your boss will be able to read that they are a "wankstain wank wodger" for all of eternity. "You're not the only one".

By the end of 2018, that number had grown to 2.32 billion people, meaning that more than half the world's online population is using the platform dreamed up by a teenager in his college dorm room.

The feature has been rolled out in the U.S. for iOS and Android, but when Junkee attempted to update their iOS Messenger this morning, no update was yet available.

In a post on his Facebook page, he argued that "while any rapid social change creates uncertainty, I believe what we're seeing is people having more power, and a long term trend reshaping society to be more open and accountable over time".

Users will have up to ten minutes to remove a message after it's been sent.

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