Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages - if you’re quick

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages - if you’re quick

Until now, the only person who could delete messages after they had been sent was Mark Zuckerberg.

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 is one of the most used messaging platforms out there, and it's finally adding the ability to unsend a message.

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

The other option that will appear is "Remove for You", which only prevents you from seeing the message, but everyone else in the conversation can still view it. You do need to act fast, though - removal is only permitted within ten minutes of sending the message.

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This new remove message for everyone feature is available for users around the world on both iOS and Android. Celebrating the anniversary, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a customary post on the service underlining the history of the service and its possible future. From there you can choose to remove it from just your phone or from everyone in the chat. Well, fortunately it's really easy - considering you don't have long to get that messaged wiped.

Facebook has now fulfilled that promise, even though it's not retroactive like it was for Zuckerberg. The company told TechCrunch the messages were removed as the result of a previously undisclosed message retention policy it implemented in 2014 after the Sony hacks.

Facebook is working on a number of new privacy initiatives, including encrypted messaging on all its apps, because the company is trying to evolve into a more secure platform for communication.

This chart shows Facebook's user growth since 2004.

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