Facebook is rolling out a new ‘un-send’ Messenger option, providing a way to retract messages sent up to 10 minutes previously.
This update has already been tested on users in Poland, Bolivia, Columbia and Lithuania. However, it will now be available to every Facebook user.
The process to remove messages will be very easy, Facebook reassures us. Users will simply have to tap on the message, select the option “Remove From Everyone”. A message will then be sent to everyone in the conversation, alerting them that it has been deleted. However, similar to the potential Twitter edit button, the ability to delete messages will be time sensitive.
Initially announced last year, this update has been a long time coming for users. Last April, during a conversation between tech journalists and Facebook executives, journalists started seeing sent messages disappear from the chat. When the journalists tried to remove similar messages, they didn’t have the ability to do so.
After this mistake, Facebook announced the update. Many critics, however, were skeptical regarding the time of the announcement. It seems that the delay in rolling out this feature has confirmed that Facebook may have made the announcement before it had actually created a universal feature for all users.
Either way, users can expect the update soon. With the Twitter edit button and now Facebook’s delete option, maybe this will change the way we see the instant, unedited aspect of social media.
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