New 'unsend' feature on Facebook Messenger

James Marshall
February 7, 2019

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend or delete messages within individual or group chats, up to 10 minutes after sending them. It is important to note that this feature has been available on WhatsApp for several years now. "The tool now only lets businesses control messages coming from Facebook Messenger".

If you do choose to go this route, you'll need to select Remove for Everyone in the message options. "Starting today, we are launching a feature where you can easily remove your message on Messenger". Pretty self-explanatory here, but if you tap the "Remove for Everyone" option it will unsend the message.

The technology news site TechCrunch reported last April that multiple people who'd received messages from CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the messages had been deleted while their own remained.

Now the platform's more than 1 billion users can retract hastily sent messages, including typos or embarrassing content.

Unfortunately, Facebook will also notify other members of a conversation when this action is taken, essentially calling you out to your conversation partners.


Users can also remove messages just for yourself, you can do so anything by selecting "Remove for You". It's similar to the way that the adjacent Instagram DM deletion works in that members of the chat will be notified that a message has been unsent.

Facebook Messenger's new options. You'll then be prompted to either "remove for everyone or "remove for you".

Recently, Facebook allowed its users to share their memories on the occasion of it's fifteen anniversary in a certain template, which accommodates memorable photographs with user's near and dear ones. Back in October the company announced that it was working on an unsend feature for all users, and that it would limit Zuckerberg's use of it until the public had access to it.

After its discovery, Facebook pledged to make a version of the feature available to all.

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