Facebook is introducing unsend option for private messages

Apr

7

2018

Facebook is going to introduce an unsend feature for its Messenger chats after it became known that private messages from top man Mark Zuckerberg had been removed from the inboxes of recipients. Now that is only possible for Facebook leaders, as it turned out on Friday.

On Friday , TechCrunch published the news, based on three proprietary sources, that Zuckerberg and other company leaders had removed their messages from other people’s inboxes. This came to light because TechCrunch could still find old messages from Zuckerberg via e-mail notifications, but in Messenger they were nowhere to be found.

The removal would have been done to protect the communications of leaders, something the company would have started with after the hack on Sony Pictures, in 2014. To date, however, Facebook has never publicly announced that it does this. But not even half a day after the publication of the TechCrunch piece, Facebook announced that this option would not only be limited to Facebook staff themselves.

For ordinary users it is only possible to delete messages sent and received on their side. The other person in the conversation can keep the messages on his side for as long as he would like. The unsend option must be available to users within a few months. Facebook says that it has been working behind the scenes for some time, but also apologizes that the function has been delayed.

The feature is separate from the secret conversation option that the mobile Messenger app offers. Here you can delete messages on both sides based on a timer. How the new delete function of Facebook will work is not yet clear. It is also not yet known whether it will work for messages that are sent before the function sees the light of day.

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