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

06 February, 2019, 11:26 | Author: Patty Hardy
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"If a user does receive a harmful message and the sender removes that message, the recipient can, for a limited time, still report the conversation to Facebook for investigation the same way they would with any Messenger conversation". Facebook will then replace the text with an alert, notifying everyone in the chat the message has been scrubbed.

The social network says most Messenger users usually delete messages within a minute of sending them, so the 10 minute time limit set should provide ample time for now.

One of the countless Facebook scandals to come to light in 2018 was that of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's ability to delete messages that he had sent.

Facebook showing how the feature will work. "You're not the only one".

Long-press on a message sent within the last 10 minutes.

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The functionality was originally introduced for Facebook executives in 2014, after Sony Pictures' email accounts were hacked. Facebook cited the resultant increased security in Zuck's obtaining the Messenger unsend feature early. "These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger".

In a statement released to TechCrunch previous year, Facebook representatives said, "After Sony Pictures' emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives' communications".

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.

The unsend feature is available to all Messenger users around the world using the latest versions of Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems, Facebook confirmed. To do this, users need only to tap the message once and select "Remove for Everyone".

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