How you can un­send that Snapchat mes­sage you ac­ci­den­tally sent to your ex

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OPS, your fin­gers slipped and sent that not-sokind mes­sage to your best friend. Ugh! Or maybe you should have hid­den your phone when you were par­ty­ing last night, be­cause now your ex knows you’re drown­ing in your sor­rows. You’re struck with Snapchat panic! But there’s help on the way. The ephemeral mes­sag­ing app is rolling out a new fea­ture in the com­ing weeks to help you limit the dam­age of send­ing mes­sages you re­ally wish you hadn’t sent.

Snapchat will soon let peo­ple re­tract chats that haven’t yet been read by their friends. With the new fea­ture, when a user long-presses the mes­sage in the chat screen, a win­dow pops up that in­cludes the op­tion to delete the mes­sage. “When you delete a mes­sage, we’ll at­tempt to re­move it from our servers and your friends’ de­vices,” Snapchat says in a no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Be­fore you breathe 10 sighs of re­lief, how­ever, you should know that there’s no guar­an­tee the delete func­tion will work ev­ery time. If the re­cip­i­ent has a bad In­ter­net con­nec­tion, for ex­am­ple, or is us­ing an old ver­sion of the Snapchat app, in­ter­cept­ing your badly au­to­cor­rected mes­sage or that em­bar­rass­ing video may not be an op­tion, the ser­vice tells users.

When a per­son re­calls a mes­sage us­ing the new fea­ture, the friend who was sup­posed to re­ceive it will see that a mes­sage has been deleted. This works in the same way in which Snapchat friends can see when a per­son takes a screen shot of a mes­sage or a chat win­dow. The delete fea­ture works for mes­sages be­tween in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

Tem­po­rary mes­sag­ing -- a type of so­cial me­dia that isn’t per­ma­nent and search­able - is at the core of Snapchat’s iden­tity. The delete fea­ture could of­fer users another layer of pri­vacy by let­ting them take back mes­sages sent in er­ror or ones that they re­gret.

The new fea­ture comes as the mes­sag­ing ser­vice has been strug­gling to at­tract new users and sat­isfy the cur­rent ones. Last month, Snapchat be­gan rolling out another round of de­sign changes in re­sponse to the wide­spread back­lash it faced over its re­design from last year. Users com­plained that last year’s over­haul was con­fus­ing and made the app more dif­fi­cult to use. The com­pany’s stock price was hit af­ter celebri­ties such as Kylie Jen­ner and Chrissy Teigen crit­i­cised the app on Twit­ter.

Snap, the com­pany be­hind the app, failed to meet es­ti­mates for rev­enue and daily ac­tive users in its lat­est earn­ings re­port last month. But chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Spiegel said he is op­ti­mistic that users will em­brace the lat­est re­design.

Photo: The Wash­ing­ton Post

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