Facebook Messenger to get WhatsApp-like ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

Unlike WhatsApp which gives users almost an hour, Messenger will have a window of 10 minutes to unsend messages.
| Updated on Nov 08 2018, 12:04 PM IST
Facebook has been working on an ‘unsend’ button for Messenger for quite some time now.
Facebook has been working on an ‘unsend’ button for Messenger for quite some time now. (REUTERS)

Facebook will be rolling out a new feature to Messenger which will let users unsend messages within 10 minutes of sending.

Facebook's plans of working on an unsend button for Messenger has been in the news for quite some time now. The company also confirmed the feature which it will release soon. More evidence for this feature was spotted by a Twitter user, The Verge reported.

This feature was listed as "coming soon" in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger v191.0 for iOS.

"Coming soon: Remove a message from a chat thread after it's been sent. If you accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can easily correct it by removing the message within ten minutes of sending it," read the description.

The feature was first discovered and tweeted about by an engineer named Jane Manchun Wong in October while it was being tested.

Amid the data breach and other scandals, the company had been silently deleting messages which were shared through Messenger by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after which the company said that the ability to retract messages would also be made available to all Messenger users, media had reported in April.

However, no specific date has been announced by the company as to by when would the functionality be finally available for users.

Earlier in March, Facebook released the "delete for everyone" feature on WhatsApp that provides the users an hour-long window to remove sent messages from individual as well as group chats.


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First Published Date: 08 Nov, 12:04 PM IST
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