A retract button will soon be added to Messenger, TechCrunch reports. The button, will allow all users on the messaging app to delete messages they have sent just like they do on WhatsApp.
Facebook disclosed this to Josh Constine of TechCrunch after the social networking behemoth retracted some messages sent by founder Mark Zuckerberg. The company, however, told Josh that it will no longer unsend or retract any of Zuckerberg’s messages on the messaging app.
Report of an unsend button made the rounds during the course of the week when TechCrunch reported that it was in possession of an email. The email messages, however, are no longer in circulation.
Sensing a backlash since the feature was not announced as a beta earlier until the Zuckerberg messages were retracted, a company spokesperson issued the following statement per TechCrunch:
“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.”
Facebook has promised some sweeping changes because that is the only way to get things back on track. To start with, founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that Facebook scans the content of messages you send and receive on Messenger. Mr. Zuckerberg says his company does this in order to block any content that violates its policies.
Facebook, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, admits that it checks conversation, images and links using automated systems, the Daily Mail reports. The social media giant takes a step further by allowing moderators read your conversations manually if it violates it community guidelines.
That revelation will no doubt cause great concern for users who are by the way still in shock over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Nonetheless, there is no denying the fact that the company’s intention this time around is not to deliberately spy on users.
“Keeping your messages private is the priority for us,” a Facebook Messenger spokesman said in a statement made available to the Daily Mail. We protect the community with automated systems that detect things like known images of child exploitation and malware. This is not done by humans. We do not listen to your voice and video calls.”
On Wednesday, Facebook announced that its terms and conditions will now be clearer as against what they were before the recent scandal. It is therefore proposing updates to its terms of service, and calling is calling for feedbacks from users.
The social networking giant has promised to make public all documents that are related to the changes after users’ feedback has been taken into consideration.