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Messages you unsend on Instagram are never deleted

The photo-sharing app has started sending prompts to users informing them about the changes made to the unsend messages feature.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | February 5, 2021 | Updated 10:44 IST

Highlights

  • Instagram has a feature like WhatsApp that allows users to delete the messages that they have sent.
  • Instagram does not really delete the messages you “unsend” from its database.
  • Instagram is letting users know that the messages that are unsent are not really deleted.

Instagram has a feature like WhatsApp that allows users to delete the messages that they have sent. While WhatsApp claims to delete the message for "everyone", Instagram does not really delete the messages you "unsend" from its database. The photo-sharing app has started sending prompts to users informing them about the changes made to the unsend messages feature.

Just like WhatsApp's "delete for everyone" feature, Instagram also has the "unsend" messages feature. The purpose of both the features are the same, they allow users to delete the messages that they have sent. Sometimes you send a message accidentally and don't want the receiver to read it, so you delete or unsend the message. However, of late, Instagram is letting users know that the messages that are unsent are not really deleted.

Several Instagram users have reported receiving a pop-up that reads, " Unsent Messages are removed from the conversation but they may still be included if the conversation is reported." This means that when you hit the unsend button on Instagram, the message will be removed from the conversation but it would remain in the database of Instagram. The message that you delete during a conversation would be included if the conversation is reported.

In another notification, Instagram said that if the messages that are unsent go against the community standards, they can still be included in a report.

On a related note, Instagram rolled out a new feature that would let users restore their deleted posts. Instagram is rolling out a separate section for "recently deleted" pictures that will allow users to review the posts they have deleted. "Today, we're rolling out Recently Deleted, a feature to help you manage your content. We know this is something people have been asking for and now, for the first time, you can review and restore deleted content in the Instagram app. We also added protection to help prevent hackers from compromising your account and deleting posts you've shared," Instagram said in a blog.

In the blog, Instagram stated that the pictures, videos, reels, IGTV and stories will be removed from your account when you hit the delete button but they will be moved to the Recently Deleted folder that has been created.
"Photos, videos, reels, IGTV videos, and stories you choose to delete are removed from your account immediately and moved to the Recently Deleted folder. Deleted stories that are not in your archive will stay in the folder for up to 24 hours. Everything else will be automatically deleted 30 days later," the blog said.

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