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You can now delete a message after you’ve sent it

Because sometimes you just really need to take that text back.
Woman sending a text message

Woman sending a text message

We’ve all regretted sending that text. Whether it was a drunken rant at your ex or a case of mistaken identity, sometimes we just wish we could press the recall button.

But now a clever app has promised the ability to unsend messages – so long as it hasn’t been opened by the recipient.

The app, called Privates, is the brainchild of Dr Isaac Datikashvili, who said he started it with medical record transfers in mind.

“I’m very honest about that but it’s better than anything else at maintaining privacy,” he said.

“It’s not impossible but it’s virtually impossible for one person to screen grab or save anything if the security setting is high.”

Currently Privates is only available on Apple, but Windows and Android versions are thought to be in the works.

Once you have the app you can choose from three levels of security – mild, wild and insane which deletes the message so long as it’s unread after three, 12 or 24 hours.

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