Sent a Snap in haste, rage or revenge? There may now be a way to delete the Snap and avoid the repercussions — at least in some instances.
Snap has just introduced a new feature that gives users a chance to delete a message after they’ve posted it, provided it’s unopened/unread by the recipient. Prior to this feature, Snap messages were un-deletable and remained visible until both parties viewed the chat. Doh.
Now, users can delete a specific message within an ongoing chat if it hasn’t yet been read. Here’s how:
- Find the message you want to edit or delete
- Press and hold on the message, sticker, audio, or photo
- Tap Delete
- Promise to do better next time (extra credit)
Keep in mind that are plenty of “ifs” when it comes to deleting messages. If the recipient hasn’t updated Snap, the message will still be visible. Ditto if they have a poor Internet connection. And even when that message is successfully erased, recipients are still able see that a message has been deleted, even if they can’t read its contents.
The change is one of many recent pivots at Snap, which appears to be offering features that give users more control over their information rather than less. Perhaps even more surprising, Snap removed Cosmo After Dark from its app after a huge backlash from concerned parents last month. Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes, a website and tool box solution to encourage parents and kids to use technology responsibly, was the first individual to draw attention to Snapchat’s new channel “Cosmo After Dark.” The weekly edition was dedicated to all things hot and h*rny” as described by its own publishing partner, Cosmopolitan.
McKenna detailled his concerns about the adult content on his website and the blog post received thousands of shares on Facebook overnight. Three days after his post, Snapchat, the app used by 75% of all US teens, actually removed the Cosmo After Dark from its app.