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 votes and comments on this feature. The team is in the process of finalizing designs for deleting private chat threads. I will update as we have more progress to share.
Can't we treat private chats the same as email messages? Allow users to hard delete. Allow the system to keep a copy, behind the scene, for up to 30 days for various reasons. Allow chats to be retained indefinitely for legal reasons when flagged for retention.
You already have this feature for email. If it's good enough, and passed all legal requirements, why would it not be good enough for Teams chats?
Can't wait for this feature!!!!!
this is particularly important in medical facility settings where patient PHI can be stored in chat sessions and needs to be purged.
Karlo Fabellon commented
Yes please, let's have this applied to Microsoft Teams.
Joshua Vengley commented
Following this. Deleting chats, especially a person to person like before in Skype for Business in a small company is needed. No reason to have a strand of endless chat between 1 or more haning out there for no reason.
Oh Yes i think this funktion is realy important. I want that too
Most of our staff view chat as a means for a brief informal conversation (eg are you free for a meeting?). Once the conversation is over there's no need to keep it.
The next time I chat with someone, it's usually about something completely different - i don't need a whole load of old, irrelevant chatter sitting on the feed.
We need much better tools for managing chat & conversations - not just deleting, but also moving and perhaps the ability to start a new, separate conversation with an individual or group.
My company will use only teams in the future. Skype should be skip. Therefore we will use Teams in the future for chats for work. And these chats are also in my point of view more or less private. If I talk with A about topic X I want the possibility that I can delete the whole chat after the conversation.
A lot of features of Teams do not respect my personal rights.
The problem is that Teams is developed for teams but in our company it should be used for the team and for the individual.
Therefore all conversations to a topic in any form should be erasable for each person which has taken place to the chat. Teams is not a documentation systems for chat and should not be. We have a data protection law. And if I talk with A it is only for A and not for person A or B aso.
super simple, basic feature and it's missing? Why would I want to keep conversation with 20 ppl showing up on my window? I should be able to delete that conversation. You can keep it in history but just delete it so it doesn't show on the window. And when I start the chat again, i dont want to see previous conversation with that person. annoying! SKYPE for business is better.
Why would you omit the basics?
It would like releasing a new word processing product and leaving out copy n paste.
If we talk about privacy, then teams are not appropriate to our era, we should all leave this network
This is absolutely ridiculous that I can't delete an entire chat! Why in the **** would I need to keep a stupid chat from an ex-employee?!
These conversations stay long in the chat section despite the need to have these deleted.
So annoying...eDiscovery and other legal reasons...whose legal reasons? So WE have no rights apparently other than to find an alternative. And it is on backlog...what does that mean?
NurulHuda Elias commented
I would like to be able to delete old chat.
Delete conversation history and/or do not let teams storage the conversations, there is no privacy at all.
Brent Goedert commented
The problem is probably with the design. It seems like the chat data is not isolated for each user. It acts like a single set of records. Deleting a chat message, from my view, deletes it from everyone's view.
Deleting a private chat thread should not work the same way.
I have a conversation with an end user. They provide me with information, in that thread, that I need to reference at different points of working through an issue. They decide to clear out the thread... and now I have nothing to reference.
This is a problem with the current feature that allows users to delete their own messages. (I will be disabling this feature as soon as I find the setting.)
I see the value in being able to delete something I sent by accident... but I also see a potential issue with someone telling me they need something done.. and then deleting that message and claiming they never asked for that.
The only way I would allow this feature to be available, to our users, is if they isolate the chat data to the individual chat members. If one of the members wants to delete the chat thread, the other chat parties can still keep that thread history, for as long as they want.
joe anon commented
Option to delete Teams chats in a easy wholesale method needs to be implemented. Not piece by piece deletion of individual messages.
Rich Conley commented
I'm sure the lack of deletion is because they read our chats and use it for their own internal purposes. Makes no sense not to give this option and have it regulated through admin privileges.