Friday, 22 February, 2019


Facebook Messenger finally lets you delete texts for real

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Melba Vasquez | 06 February, 2019, 08:09

TL;DR Facebook is releasing a feature through which users can delete messages sent through Messenger.

The feature is available on the latest versions of Messenger on iOS and Android.

Facebook showing how the feature will work. On desktop, users will need to click on the three dots next to a message and hit "remove", after which you'll get the same two options. With this unsend feature, you can delete those messages and try again.

This means if you accidentally (or drunkenly) send a regrettable message to someone, you can delete without them seeing it.

Facebook told iPhone in Canada in a statement, "We will be closely monitoring user feedback and behaviour around this feature and we may explore different timeframes in the future as needed". So, if The Zuck sent you a message, you might find it gone days or weeks later.

Background: The feature comes about a year after controversy that Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives had the ability to delete messages from the app while average users did not, as reported by TechCrunch.

The Facebook co-founder and chief executive said he sees profound social changes "as networks of people connected via the internet replace traditional hierarchies and reshape institutions from government to business to media".

A 'tombstone, ' or a line of text confirming the message was deleted, will then appear in the chat.

For more than a year, Facebook has been struggling to handle problems plaguing the world's largest media network, including accusations of the company's failure to protect its user data from allegedly being used to influence the US 2016 presidential elections, presence of hatred and extremist speeches on the platform, and the leakage of user privacy in hacking attacks.

Long rumoured, long wanted: Facebook Messenger finally has the option to let you unsend messages, meaning, if you're quick, you'll be able to fix that typo or redirect that gossip to the person who was actually meant to see it.

Other apps like WhatsApp, Signal and Discord already use end-to-end encrypted messaging.

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