Zuckerberg says Facebook critics too 'negative' on 15th anniversary

Yolanda Curtis
February 6, 2019

Last April, TechCrunch revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had used his executive power to remove his own messages sent in the Messenger app, an option that regular users don't normally have at their disposal. After changing its name to just "Facebook" in 2005, the social network was opened to the general public in the fall of 2006, marking the start of one of the most remarkable growth stories in corporate history.

In addition, a number of recent reports have warned that Facebook and wider social media face stricter legislation if they continue to fail to fully protect users, particularly young people, from disturbing content on their platforms. But at least you can deny other people precious receipts when you make a mistake or misspeak.

Users can delete the message just on their end or "for everyone". Now you can take it back. From there, you'll be presented with two options: "Remove For Everyone" or "Remove For You".

Press and hold on the message and then select delete.

Why so late to the game?

"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", Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday. Once "removed", the message will not reappear in the draft space.

Facebook is introducing an unsend feature for its Messenger app, giving users the chance to recall unwanted messages for the first time.

Personally, we would recommend not using Messenger at all given Facebook's questionable track record with privacy.

For more than a year, Facebook has been struggling to handle problems plaguing the world's largest media network, including accusations of the company's failure to protect its user data from allegedly being used to influence the USA 2016 presidential elections, presence of hatred and extremist speeches on the platform, and the leakage of user privacy in hacking attacks.

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