Facebook will add an 'unsend' feature to Messenger in the coming months

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Facebook's found itself in an ocean of hot water lately. Following scandals with Cambridge Analytica and being discovered of storing call and text logs for Android users of its Messenger app, it was reported that Facebook was secretly deleting Messenger messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other executives at the company.

This news didn't sit all that well with a lot of users, and to make good, TechCrunch reports that Facebook will roll out an "unsend" feature to Messenger at some point this year.

We don't know how this will work just yet, but it's likely you'll be given x amount of time to revoke a message that you send so it disappears from you and your recipient's eyes.

Facebook already offers something similar with its Secret Message feature for encrypted chats, as this allows you to set messages to automatically expire after a certain amount of time. Facebook says it's "discussed this feature several times" and that —

We will now be making a broader delete message feature available. This may take some time. And until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives' messages. We should have done this sooner — and we're sorry that we did not."

TechCrunch notes that the feature will be available in "several months", so we'll be sure to keep an eye out for when it eventually drops.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

9 Comments
  • Unsend..... That was a BBM feature was it not? Retract Messages I believe it was called. 🤔
  • Here comes another lawsuit from BlackBerry
  • +1
  • Most messaging apps have an unsend feature. Even Instagram, a Facebook Company.
  • WhatsApp already has this feature too and it's also owned by Facebook.
  • Lol I literally clicked on this article to post this. Since WhatsApp has this feature for a while now, why TF does messenger needs a couple more months..
  • And Instagram DMs have it too. Which is also owned by Facebook, obviously
  • Instagram also has this feature.
  • Ummmm.... OUTLOOK had this feature in like 2001....