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Regret sending that Facebook message? Now you can delete it

06 February, 2019, 11:30 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • LONDON ENGLAND- AUGUST 03 A person holds an iPhone displaying the Facebook app logo in front of a computer screen showing the facebook login page

The feature is similar to one available to founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, which was first discovered a year ago after several users reported messages they have received from the firm's boss had since disappeared.

Following the report, Facebook said it would publicly launch the feature to let users remove their messages from their chat history.

On mobile devices, you can access the feature by tapping on a message in the app, which will now show a new "remove" menu item. From there you can choose to remove it from just your phone or from everyone in the chat. And it replaces it with a message saying you've since deleted it.

People can now erase direct messages on Facebook Messenger up to 10 minutes after they are sent as part of a new privacy push at the social network.

According to a release, Facebook will now allow users to delete private messages sent through Facebook Messenger.

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Speaking to The Verge, Facebook said the new feature was based on Zuckerberg's one but it underwent "some improvements to provide broader functionality to people using Messenger". From there, you'll be presented with two options: "Remove For Everyone" or "Remove For You".

The unsend feature will be available in the next update of Messenger for iPhone and Android. In it, the social media giant notes you can now remove any message that you've previously typed from a text. Going all the way back to last April. Once "removed", the message will not reappear in the draft space.

Facebook Messenger is finally rolling out the unsend button it promised almost a year ago.

Now, you can delete it for everyone, but there's a slight catch: you have to do it within ten minutes of sending it. Sound off down in the comments section with your thoughts.

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