After TechCrunch reported that Facebook has been silently erasing the messages that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sent via Messenger, the company now says that the ability to retract messages will soon be available to all Messenger users. According to TechCrunch, a "release" feature will appear in the coming months, although it did not provide more details on how this new feature works. Messenger currently offers a secret conversation mode where users can set a timer when messages will self-destruct.
Similarly, WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, offers a release feature, which allows users to revoke a message if they do so in a short period of time after sending. The message does not simply disappear, however; the note "this message was deleted" is placed in place of the text, video or photo. Instagram also has a release feature that simply causes the message to disappear as if nothing had happened (unless, of course, the recipient has already seen the message or the push notification).
Today's news comes a few hours after reports that Zuckerberg's old Facebook messages had disappeared from inboxes and other users' threads. While the company's terms of service do not specify policies to eliminate messages that do not violate community standards, the act has been criticized as a potential breach of trust, particularly at a time when Facebook is suffering a disaster after the scandal. of bad data handling Cambridge Analytica. and it is under multiple investigations.