Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend your embarrassing messages — within 10 minutes
If you’ve ever sent a text only to immediately regret it or your finger slipped on the wrong gif and you sheepishly now have to explain yourself, Facebook Messenger has heard you.
Starting today, the popular messaging app will allow users to “unsend” a message, removing it from view, even in group conversations.
There are a few caveats though — you can only remove a message within 10 minutes of sending it and everyone else in the conversation will see a placeholder notice saying you removed a message.
You can try it now by tapping and holding on one of your messages until the ‘Remove’ button shows up. From there you can choose to remove it from just your phone or from everyone in the chat.
Facebook now gives you the option to remove a post by tapping and holding on the message.
The option replaces the previous ‘Delete’ button which would confusingly only remove the offending message from your screen but wouldn’t recall it for everyone else.
Facebook is letting users remove messages even if they’ve already been seen by other users, but obviously you won’t be able to remove that embarrassing photo from their mind.
Zuckerberg has been deleting messages for a while
News the feature was on its way first came out early last year after Facebook was caught secretly deleting some of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s messages sent through the Messenger platform.
The company admitted it began erasing the messages of Mr Zuckerberg and a few other top executives in 2014 after computer hackers obtained and released emails from Sony Pictures executives.
The feature is now available for those of you who aren’t a CEO with potentially incriminating messages dating back years.
Last month, Facebook also made big changes to one of its other messaging platforms, WhatsApp.
It imposed a stricter limit on how many times a message could be forwarded to individuals or groups, in response to what it said was “misinformation and rumours” on the platform.
Last year the spread of fake rumours on social media led to killings and mass beatings in India, where WhatsApp has 200 million users.