Facebook Messenger will soon allow you to delete sent messages up to 10 minutes after youve originally sent them. Twitter user @MattNavarra spotted that the feature is listed as coming soon in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messengers iOS client. Compared to the hour Facebook gives you to delete an erroneous WhatsApp message, 10 minutes doesnt give you too much time to correct yourself. But its a lot better than having your mistakes preserved eternally. INTERESTING... Facebook Messengers long-awaited delete messages feature will only give you a 10 minute window to remove a message in a chat Messengers unsend functionality has been on the cards since April, after Facebook admitted that it had been quietly deleting messages sent by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The functionality was first spotted in October during testing.
The feature is coming soon to Messenger. Previously reserved for its top brass, Facebook's unsend message feature will soon be available to all. But you'll only get 10 minutes to take back that DM before it's read. The short window makes WhatsApp's hour-long deletion period seem generous in comparison. The Verge spotted the perk listed as "coming soon" in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger's iOS client. Back in April, TechCrunch revealed that Facebook had been covertly deleting messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other execs from people's inboxes. The social network said it had taken the steps for corporate security in the wake of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. That admission only served to further dent the beleaguered company's reputation amid the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. As a concession, it promised to open up the function to everyone. Despite maintaining that the steps taken were within its legal rights, Facebook nonetheless promised to stop scrubbing Zuck and co's messages from inboxes until the feature went public. Though how it will go about implementing it remains to be seen. For example, will Facebook inform the recipient that a message has been retracted? Fortunately, there's not long left till we find out.