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Facebook Plans To Let Everyone Unsend Messages, Will Stop Zuckerberg Until Then (Video)

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Facebook is introducing an “unsend” button in Messenger, after CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook execs received backlash for having their own messages retracted, according to Techcrunch. Veuer’s Sam Berman has the full story.

TechCrunch reported Thursday night that Facebook retracted Facebook messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other executives from their recipients’ inboxes. That’s an ability normal Facebook  users don’t have. 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.

The retractions of the CEO’s chats were never previously disclosed until Facebook confirmed the news to TechCrunch last night after we reported having email receipt evidence of messages that have since disappeared. Many users are seeing that as a breach of trust.

Update: A Facebook spokesperson issued this statement apologizing for not offering Unsend to everyone sooner and explaining its plans:

“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. 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.”

TechCrunchexcerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, April 7, 2018 

Video by Veuer/Sam Berman


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