New Facebook chat - no CLEAR HISTORY option!


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Has anyone noticed the new Facebook chat that went live yesterday? Now you can see the picture-icon of who you're chatting with on every line.. whoopy-doo.. but there is no more clear chat history option!

Has anyone figured-out how to clear the chat history? even after closing the chat-box, logging-out of Facebook, then coming back and opening a new chat-window with someone you were previously chatting with, it brings up the entire chat history with that person - this could lead to some compromising situations!

UPDATE: It looks like the chat history is only saved for about 24 hours, so it does eventually clear on it's own

TAGs: How to clear Facebook chat history, Facebook history, clear chat on Facebook

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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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"After selecting the message or message thread, click the "action" button.. then, select "Delete Selected" or "Delete All" ... I do it every day, and it works fine." --- you're only deleting your own copy of the message. your original chat history will still appear on your friend's chat box.
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Just log in to your FaceBook via a regular web browser. Next, go to Messages and navigate to the concerned friend with which you chatted. Now click on the "Actions" button and point to "Delete Messages..." this will remove the entire chat/message history.
WhyteDove (not verified)
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Heard that even if we clear the history, that in a year Facebook will post our chats live on the internet. Is that true?
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Even though I have no source to back it up, I am going to go out on a limb and say this is 100% not true. This be as good for Facebook's business as McDontald's serving human meat in their hamburgers or Ford selling cars that explode when loaded with 3 or more people would be for their businesses..
Whoever told you this is an idiot or a liar.. Or, quite possibly both.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I have done so, and yet he appears in the little box on the left hand site of my facebook front page. Is there no way to remove him from there, other than removing him as a friend?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Is it possible to remove someone from the chat box on the left? I want to remove a friend I had a minor fall out with, so I am not tempted to message him first.
Walter (not verified)
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the solution is very simple open the full chat string in messages , in there is actions just above click and follow the rest should be simple,for those of you who need to delete messages especially
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Its been 24 hours and my chat history is still there. Help I want it gone???48
Anonaouse (not verified)
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i want this new chat to be able to delete msg's! Gee if i didnt know better i'd think FaceBook is selling our info , or they are seriously communist. why else would they want to save our personal info? please if you do not mind help if you figure how to delete messages.....K Iovanna
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You can now clear the chat-window in the "new' Facebook chat by clicking the little gear at the top and selecting "clear chat window".
All chats are now also saved as messages. To delete an entire chat / message thread, go into your Facebook messages, click on the message thread you want to delete, then while viewing that message-thread, click Actions, then "Delete Messages" ....

It's a pain!

And yes, Facebook IS selling your info, but not your messages.. Some people find this too intrusive and choose to not give Facebook any info.. or.. they dont even use Facebook at all..

sedge1310 (not verified)
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this does not work the gear only gives you 2 options go on or offline or cancel
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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IT doesn't work, you are right.
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you are right, this post is over a year old and Facebook has changed things. You can now clear chat history by going into your Messages page, click on the message / chat that you want to delete, select the actions button at the top, and choose delete messages.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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you still can not delete it even if you go select msg to be deleated the delete button does not appear.... hence chat history never get deleated.... any better solution...
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Anonymous Visitor wrote:

any better solution...

After selecting the message or message thread, click the "action" button.. then, select "Delete Selected" or "Delete All" ..
.. I do it every day, and it works fine.

Julia Darkrag (not verified)
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how do I shut this infernal thing down??? Every time I load a page it becomes active again. I HATE CHAT!!!! Please help! Julia Smile
truckingdoug (not verified)
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Julia, there is a couple thing you can do, you can open the chat window at the bottom right of the screen that says chat and the green dot,at the top when opened it has two menu's you can click on "friends list" on the top left and "options" on the top right, click on options,the first thing on that menu is "go offline" ,problem solved, what i did that you might like is i clicked on "friends list" and made a couple groups to divide my friends into so when i did that it put a switch to click on beside each group to turn it online or offline, so i'll have my group called "close friends" turned online but my group called "other friends" turned offline so i did that because i put the people i don't want to talk to in the other friends group and the people i want to talk to in my close friends group so i have it online for some people but at the same time i have it offline to other people, hope this helps Smile
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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All chat is now stored in Messages... If you open messages you will see your entire chat and conversation. To delete, open the message, go to actions, delete message, entire conversation
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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just go into your messages and delete the chat history like it was a message, i dont get why everybodys flipping out about all of this. its really cool, i have conversations id loooovvveee to go through again that i never saved.. just go delete the message in your inbox.. REAAALLLYY not that complicated..
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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thats our problem. It is complicated. Its not working by clicking the x and erasing. It will erase for a moment but thats it~ It keeps coming back........
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FOUND A DEFINITE SOLUTION TO DELETING CHAT MESSAGES
When your chatting with a person,where the x is at the bottom of the chat box where you would close the chat window at the is a square to it's left,it is the go to conversation button,click it then it will open on the facebook screen itself,at the top of the screen there is a button that says "Actions" click that and it gives you a menu and there it has "Delete Messages" click it and you can click "Delete all" or select certain one's then click "Delete Selected"... This is how it was designed to work in the new format...
Lizzie (not verified)
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"UPDATE: It looks like the chat history is only saved for about 24 hours, so it does eventually clear on it's own" No it doesn't clear on it's own...My stupid chat history that goes back years is saved in Messages on facebook. I don't want conversations that I had on facebook to be saved in someone's or my own Facebook Message inbox. The only way to delete them is to select the chat history with a specific person, go to actions, and say delete history. The issue is, the next time you have a conversation with that person, it starts saving your conversation again. And, seeing as I have had a lot of conversations with a lot of people...trying to select each individual history and delete it is a total pain in the ass. Facebook needs to fix this pronto!
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Yah, that update is nearly 6 months old.. What you are seeing now is part of the "new" Facebook messaging system.. It is apparently "better" now than before!

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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well i went to the top of the window of the person i was chatting with and clicked clear window. it seemed to work.
Penny (not verified)
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This clears YOUR OWN chat, but others can still read the chat. I accidentally posted in the group chat and now what a friend and I talked about is there for all to see. I can't believe that chat can't be deleted!
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Yep! Once you hit enter, you cant take it back!

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Dear Sir/Madam, when i go online to talk to my friends and family they told me i am Offline this has been over 1 month now i do feel fustrated as i dont know whats happening, sometimes i type a message and the same messages comes up 4 or 5 times , its been repeated over an over,can you tell me why this happening, i patiently await your early response.
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Try all the suggestions posted here: fix problems with Facebook Chat.

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Re: New Facebook chat -CLEAR HISTORY IS BACK !

The clear-chat option is back!!!
To clear your chat, just scroll all the way up to the top/beginning of the chat, and you'll see the clear-chat option..
yay!

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Re: New Facebook chat - no CLEAR HISTORY option!

I have noticed for quite some time that when you click on a name you wish to chat with, that person appears to go offline.  I tested it with some friends and there seems to be a bit of a lag time between when one actually signs off and when they appear signed off to other friends. 

I'm not sure that is a new problem.  Could be that less people are willing to chat now, as well.

Yesterday there were some articles about it, including one at MSN.  It seems there is a new "group" and "group chat" function.  Perhaps that is somehow to blame and the function will return, eventually. 

 

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