Delete Private Chat threads
This request is for the ability to completely delete a private chat thread. (Not hide/archive.)
Again, this was pulled out into its own topic because it is still under review and no decision has been made.
To recap what has already been completed from the other topic:
- Delete your own messages anywhere in Teams.
- Team Owners can choose if users can edit/delete in their tenant as well as choose if admins have the power to delete any message posted in public channels.
- The ability to hide your private chat threads (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
- The ability to mute your private chat threads. (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
This topic deserves consideration and separating out hot items is something we have often done. Please don't think of this as an attempt to diminish the ask, we know that many people want this.
Thank you for your understanding and feedback.
Thank you for your feedback! The team has finalized the designs for this feature request, and work is planned to begin shortly. We will share an update as soon as one is available.
Anthony Adinolfi, CIO commented
Not allowing users to delete private chat threads in teams is a PRIVACY AND SECURITY ISSUE. This is unacceptable. Now that Teams is replacing Skype for Business, we will be exploring alternatives that better protect our privacy. Users should have the ability to delete private chat threads as they see fit - not as Microsoft allows. This is basic functionality that has been requested time and time again, and its omission is ridiculous.
The lack of this feature, specifically, is forcing us to abandon Microsoft Teams as a team and/or chat tool.
The possibility of deleting messages can have two perspectives:
- delete in the own chat window and in the other partner's chat window (about this one I do not comment)
- delete only in our chat window
About what is present in my window, I must have full control.
The ability of to delete an incoming or outgoing message in my chat is a basic feature that I must have.
Without this option I will not use this application.
Andrew Green commented
How is this still "Under Review"? It seems silly that you can't even do a basic function that was designed back in 1995 (mIRC)... at least skype conversations saved in Outlook for previous reference and now it is literally a long text message (except a lot longer since you IM each throughout the day). Talk about a huge fallacy on MicroSoft's part.
We are stuck using IBM Sametime because our Executive Director will not let us implement Teams because we cannot turnoff the "save chat" feature. Please put this on the roadmap.
Policy Guy commented
Many companies have policies against saving PRIVATE chats!
Please make this happen!
is there the ability to do this , delete chats?
Please enable the delete old chats from the Microsoft Team. otherwise it is too cluttered, not being able to delete older or "no longer necessary" chats is too frustrating.
I cant believe this wasn't considered important enough to be fixed at first place.
This is a basic requirement
Eduardo Lunkes commented
I also agree, that it is too cluttered, not being able to delete older or "no longer necessary" chats. We used Skype all the time and not being able to delete is creating a long string of unnecessary chat history. Please implement the delete function! Thank you!
This is definitely something that needs to be implemented. Seems like a standard feature. I believe the decision to preserve or delete private conversations should lay with the end-user, not with the organization.
The fact of the matter is that people do have conversations that they would rather not be stored - could be related to HR, personal issues,
1. This wasn't considered important enough as to part of MVP
2. No progress has been made on this in over 9 months
3. You're actually breaking the law in the EU, GDPR right to be forgotten.
Ditto, allow me to delete, even if it keeps it on the server. Also allow me to sort the list (maybe alphabetical) instead of just recent?
In Skype I could delete messages / chats in the conversation tab of Outlook. Will this feature be included for teams? I agree the chat area is too cluttered without clearing past chats
david victor commented
can you get this (delete entire chat) feature added asap? sheesh. thanks!
Nate B commented
Users should have the ability to delete private chats.
Please consider compliance issues.
Many times our organization is required to be able to provide documentation of our work, which users being able to delete whole conversations would complicate substantially.
At a minimum, it needs to be (a) something we can disable and (b) something where we can get a log of deleted messages in the event of lawsuits or other such events.
Thanks in advance.
Brian Owens commented
PLEaSE ADD THIS FEATURE!
The ability to globally turn of Chat History as can be achieved with currently with Skype for Business would be a good option. Conversation if stored, come under Freedom of Information Act requests and also causes us issues with GDPR for the right to be forgotten.
I agree with most of the posters. This would be a nice to have feature.