Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook Messenger launching new long-awaited feature

Facebook Messenger launching new long-awaited feature

Hopefully this leads to a serious decrease in the amount of people waking up with the fear as a result of a stupid message sent the night before. Back then, Facebook claimed that users will be allowed to unsend messages with no time limits, so the new 10-minute time window is quite the contradiction.

Other messaging services, including Facebook's own WhatsApp, have the same option, though it gives users an hour to delete any embarrassing/drunken/threatening communications.

The idea has been lobbied by Facebook since April after it was revealed the company had retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company chief, TechRadar reported.

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While the update wasn't publicly announced, digital media expert Matt Navarra discovered Facebook's plans far down in the release notes for version 191.0 of Messenger's iOS client.

Now, it remains to be seen when exactly Facebook will make the option to unsend messages available to everyone because "coming soon" doesn't tells us too much about that.

Google supports an unsend feature in Gmail although that works a little differently as it holds a message for 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds during which you can change your mind. It doesn't actually send the email until it passes that buffer time.

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