Facebook will give you 10 minutes to unsend that embarrassing message

Alfred Osborne
November 8, 2018

'If you accidentally send the wrong photo, incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can easily correct it by removing the message within ten minutes of sending it'.

This length of time is relatively short in comparison to other messaging platforms, including the one day time limit for Facebook-owned Instagram and one hour for Whatsapp - also owned by the social media giant. At least, that's how its worked for users whose name isn't Mark Zuckerberg.

Whether it's reaching out to an ex in a moment of weakness or making a poor emoji choice, many of us have hit "send" on a message only to regret it seconds later. It'll only let you unsend messages for up to 10 minutes after you first send them.

Users may now delete messages on the Messenger app but it only reflects on the sender's end and remains on the recipient's thread.

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Facebook is finally following suit and adding the feature to its Messenger app.

When the 191.0 version of Messenger is released, another option will appear for 10 minutes above "Delete Message" when editing messages in a conversation: "Unsend Message". Gmail actually holds the email in a que for the time interval chosen. This gives the recipient the opportunity to read the messages, even if you decide to take it back within the timeframe its eligible to be "unsent".

So far, Facebook has not mentioned when the new "unsend" feature would be available.

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