Facebook Messenger adds unsend option with a long time limit

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A little while ago, it was revealed that Mark Zuckerberg and other high-level Facebook execs had access to a special feature that allowed them to erase messages they had sent to user inboxes.

But if you have to use Facebook Messenger (as many of us do for various reasons) then this little delete feature is at least something.

When you do unsend the message, you will have two options to choose from: The ability to remove the message for everyone in the conversation, or remove the message just for yourself.

To remove a message, simply tap on it and select the "Remove for everyone" option that pops up.

Facebook Messenger users can delete a message within 10 minutes.

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Once that info came out, everyone who uses Messenger wanted in on the functionality too-and now Facebook is delivering. Once the story began to spread, Facebook confirmed that the CEO's messages expired after a set amount of time, explaining that this was a security measure in response to the Sony email hacks of 2014. Instead, we're limited by a timer of 10 minutes that starts ticking down the moment the offending message is originally sent. But it's pretty much useless if you drunk message your ex one night and then wake up the next morning realizing you made a awful mistake.

Facebook, which was launched as an internal networking portal by the Harvard dropout from his college dorm, today hosts about 2.7 billion people are connected on the service. The social network says the feature is rolling out now to all Messenger users on iOS and Android.

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".

TechCrunch reported that Mark Zuckerberg's messages disappeared from chats while the other party's messages remained, causing a stir.