Mark Zuckerberg sees 'positive' force of Facebook despite firestorm

Mark Zuckerberg sees 'positive' force of Facebook despite firestorm

Once you do this, the other person (or people) in the chat will be sent a text letting them know that a message was removed. It is important to note that this feature has been available on WhatsApp for several years now.

It seems Facebook is handling the removal of messages from its servers just right, but it's nearly comical that it won't just give everyone the option to delete their own communications any time they like. It's a pretty straightforward process: Just tap on the message you've sent within 10 minutes and you'll have the option to pull the message back.

The 10-minute window that Facebook is giving users to delete their message is likely to cause the most complaints, but it's safe to assume that some people will also not be happy that message deletion is broadcast to other chatters.

According to a release, Facebook will now allow users to delete private messages sent through Facebook Messenger.

All you have to do is click on the incriminating message, which will then bring up the option to "forward", "translate" or "remove" the message.

The debate around the unsend feature in Facebook Messenger started previous year in April when news came that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was deleting private messages after sending them.

We've all sent messages we regret, whether it's a typo, the wrong conversation or something a bit too below the belt.

In a post on his Facebook page, he argued that "while any rapid social change creates uncertainty, I believe what we're seeing is people having more power, and a long term trend reshaping society to be more open and accountable over time".

So how exactly do you access this last-chance redemption option? The company told TechCrunch the messages were removed as the result of a previously undisclosed message retention policy it implemented in 2014 after the Sony hacks.

As for Zuckerberg, it's said the Facebook head already had the power. The company had introduced the same feature in WhatsApp a year ago.

Facebook Messenger is one of the most used messaging platforms out there, and it's finally adding the ability to unsend a message. Facebook cited the resultant increased security in Zuck's obtaining the Messenger unsend feature early.

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