Whatsapp already has allowed us to erase our mistakes that are sent into the internet, now following suit are Facebook and Twitter too! Both the social media platforms are tweaking around to find and introduce a way that will enable users to unsend those messages that later bring in embarrassment and anxiety.
Whatsapp has already introduced this feature, that now allows users to delete sent messages from their phones. Facebook and Twitter are next in line and will allow users to ‘unsend’ their messages within a specific time span.
Facebook’s Unsend Option
Facebook will now allow users to unsend messages, provided they are ‘unsent’ within a time span of 10 minutes. This will delete any record of the message been sent from Facebook and its messenger application.
10 minutes is quite a wide window for deleting any message. As per reports, Facebook has not declared the exact date of opening this facility for all, but is planning to introduce this option within the ‘next several months.’
Facebook explained, “Simply tap on the message you want to remove and select the option to ‘Remove for Everyone’. The removed message will be replaced by text alerting everyone in the conversation the message was removed. You will have up to 10 minutes to remove a message after it is sent.”
You can also remove messages from your personal inbox (but they will be present in the recipients’ inbox) by clicking on the ‘Remove For You’ option that appears in the window.
Twitter’s Edit Option
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has announced a possibility of introducing an edit option for the popular micro-blogging site. But this option comes with a twist. The facility will not allow users to edit their tweet for a countless number of times as this might be taken advantage of by the Twitterati who use Twitter for sharing abusive content. Instead, this option will be open for users for a very small time frame – 5-second to 30-second at the most.
In an interview with Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian, Dorsey said, “You could build it as such so maybe we introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending. And within that window, you can edit.”
Dorsey is of the opinion that keeping the window open for a longer period of time than this, will affect the real-time nature of the conversation flow.
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