Facebook Messenger app: You can now delete messages sent with Messenger

Donna Miller
February 6, 2019

Following this report, Facebook announced past year that it would publicly launch the feature for its users, though did not specify a launch date. Starting today, Facebook Messenger is announcing a feature that will allow you to remove your message both during individual and group chats. As of Tuesday, everyone will have the option to delete a message, from your view, as well as an entire group.

"If someone is harassing you, for example, or being abusive, and they can go back and modify or delete your conversations and then say they never behaved the way you accuse them of behaving, that's pretty terrible!"

For up to 10 minutes after a message is sent, users will soon have the option to delete that message from the conversation.

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.

Facebook Messenger's new un-send feature. If you select the former, the text will be replaced with content that says it was replaced by you. "You're not the only one". Once ten minutes have elapsed, you're stuck with your embarrassing typo-ridden messages forever.

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The functionality was originally introduced for Facebook executives in 2014, after Sony Pictures' email accounts were hacked.

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".

Facebook owns the mobile messaging application used by more than a billion people. "These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger".

"Happy Birthday, Facebook! 15 years today - and what a rollercoaster it has been", read the message released Monday on the newspaper's opinion page and on Twitter, in the style of Facebook compilation videos.

Today, Facebook announced that the new unsend option is now rolling out to the Messenger app on Android and iOS. Once "removed", the message will not reappear in the draft space.

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