Being able to edit, delete, or unsend a message or email is a pretty divisive feature among the community. There are those who wish more apps and services had this ability and there are others who believe you shouldn’t be able to take it back once you press the send button. Infamously, Twitter is against letting people edit their tweets, but they do let you delete them. Some messaging apps have only recently received the ability to delete messages (within a certain time frame) and now Facebook is rolling out this feature to Facebook Messenger.
For years, the Facebook Messenger team has been against adding this ability to the service. That is until Mark Zuckerberg was caught doing it close to one year ago. Back in April of last year, after the service was caught scraping call logs and message data, a report came out that claimed Facebook had removed messages from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Messenger conversations. The company was already under a lot of scrutiny and this only added fuel to the fire as people proclaimed they were abusing their power and used it to remove damaging evidence.
However, the company released a statement saying this was a feature the Facebook Messenger team had been working on for all users. If that statement is indeed true then it sure has taken them a long time to roll out a feature that they had allegedly already been working on. In any case, Facebook has officially announced that the feature is now rolling out to users who are using the latest version of the app (for both iOS and Android). The feature seems to work just like it does on WhatsApp as you’re given the option to delete a message just for you or delete a message for everyone.
This has to be done within 10 minutes of the message being sent, so you’ll need to be quick about it. However, history has shown us that there have been multiple ways of bypassing this limitation for other apps. Since WhatsApp is under the same umbrella as Facebook Messenger, they may already be prepared for these bugs, but that doesn’t mean others won’t be found.