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Facebook To Add Unsend Feature In Messenger App Soon!

| April 7 , 2018 , 19:26 IST

Facebook has been facing many problems from past few weeks due to its latest misfortunes triggered by the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that broke out recently. Facebook is now planning to roll out an Unsend button in its Messenger app that will offer similar functionality to all users on the platform.

According to TechCrunch, the social networking platform, Facebook is turning the Zuckerberg message deleting incident into a beta testing opportunity for the new Unsend button.

A Facebook official in a statement to the publication apologized for not extending the Unsend feature to all Facebook users. "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 get their messages automatically deleted. Now we will be making a broader delete message feature available. This may take some time," he said.

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Facebook Messenger currently offers a Secret chat feature, in which messages can be timed to self-destruct with durations ranging from 5 seconds up to 1 day.

Facebook states that the process hasn't yet been finalised with the new feature. The social media giant claims it could offer self-destructing messages similar to Secret chat.

According to reports, Facebook didn't have details about whether recipients would be notified when a message was unsent and retracted from their inboxes. Whether the feature would apply retroactively to old messages sent before the launch or whether users would need to designate a message as expiring/ unsendable before they send it.

On the other hand, that could pose trouble for law enforcement, who would lose an important source of evidence. Imagine you want to report harassment, only to find out the culprit deleted their messages and you no longer have any proof.