Facebook testing feature that lets users delete Messenger posts after sending

Anne Freier

In Mobile Advertising. November 16, 2018

Facebook appears to be slowly unveiling a new feature that lets users remove sent messages in Messenger – a useful tool for those wishing to correct their original text.

The possibility of deleting messages on Messenger previously arose when the social media network was found to having deleted messages from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Now, Facebook has made the ‘unsend’ tool available in a few test countries including for Bolivia, Columbia, Lithuania and Poland for Android and iOS users.

Stan Chudnovsky, head of Messenger at Facebook told TechCrunch that the tool offered more user control.

“[I]f you make a mistake you can correct it. There are a lot of legitimate use cases out there that we wanted to enable. [However], we need to make sure we don’t open up any new venues for bullying. We need to make sure people aren’t sending you bad messages and then removing them because if you report them and the messages aren’t there we can’t do anything.”

The feature gives users 10 minutes to delete their messages. Facebook will store unsent messages for a short period just in case they are reported.

It is expected that the feature will roll out across more countries in the near future.