Social media giant Facebook is planning to roll-out an “unsend” feature to Messenger. The announcement came after an online report claims that retracting messages is possible. This feature is not actually availed by common Facebook users.
Messenger will have ‘unsend’ feature soon
The social media giant said that the Messenger’s unsend feature would be made available to all its users in the coming months. It also confirmed that it is now building this kind of product. While such feature is being built, Facebook vowed that it would not retract Zuckerberg’s messages anymore.
But now Facebook tells me it plans to make an “unsend” feature available to all users in several months and has already been considering how to build this product. Until the Unsend feature is released for everyone, Facebook says it won’t unsend or retract any more of Zuckerberg’s messages.
Tech users viewed the unsending of Zuckerberg’s messages to other company executive as a breach of trust. Now, Facebook’s plan to release the unsending feature could stem the tide of this new wave of controversy.
Meanwhile, a Facebook spokesperson, in a statement, told TechCrunch that the unsend feature is similar to the encrypted version of Messenger.
“We have discussed this feature several times. And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer — and have their messages automatically deleted,” the spokesperson said.
“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.”