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August 22, 2019

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend chats you regret within a short time frame

February 5, 2019
Starting Tuesday, Facebook Messenger has a feature that lets users easily unsend messages. (iStock)

Facebook got the message.

The social networking site’s Messenger app now lets users unsend chats they didn’t mean to or regret sending — as long as they act fast.

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The quick-fix, which took effect Tuesday, allows 10 minutes from the time a message is sent to remove it.

“Have you ever accidentally sent a message to the wrong group of friends, mistyped something, or simply wanted to remove a message in a chat? You’re not the only one!,” Facebook explains in its announcement of the new option.

The feature works whether you send a message to one person or a group.

Within the 10-minute time frame, just tap the message you want to remove and select the option “Remove for Everyone.”

While the message will be removed, weirdly, it’ll be “replaced by text alerting everyone in the conversation the message was removed,” according to Facebook.

That means you may still find yourself in the awkward position of having to explain to the intended recipient why you retracted a message.

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