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.
I started using Teams a couple of weeks ago in my department and I and my colleagues stopped today. At least to chat with anyone over Teams about private things. In my country(CH) is this behaviour on not beeing able to delete this kind of dialogs illegal. But well, Microsoft is scaring their own customers. It takes a lot o effort to convince people to start using teams and than suddently you give us a reason to stop using it. Big companies, all they want it your data to sell information about you.
Come on MS your stubbornness and stupidity around this basic requirement beggars belief.
I want to delete private chat completelty?
Jullian Knight (and many others) said it well. We need to be able to DELETE chats, not just hide them (so they pop back up next time you chat with that person.)
"The excuses given about eDiscovery and unspecified "legal" reasons are specious in the extreme.
eDiscovery would be covered by the use of the standard "trash" facilities - putting the data into a hidden bin for a set amount of time. It would also be covered by the fact that you would only be deleting YOUR COPY of a conversation, it would be up to the other person to also delete their copy if you wanted it totally gone. This is absolutely standard.
Legal hold would cover all remaining legal requirements I would think.
What is more ridiculous is that you CAN delete INDIVIDUAL items in your own side of a conversation, but you cannot delete your copy of someone else's side of the conversation, nor can you delete a range of items.
What also isn't mentioned is data retention. Forcing data to be retained when it is no longer required or is no longer accurate is also against the law in many regions."
Can you please add this feature?
Im deleting this app
This is stupid. Nobody wants to have the clutter of old chats.
Definitely makes me want to switch back to Slack. It's absolutely ridiculous that you can't clean up a window by deleting a chat. For it to pop back up as soon as you chat again defeats the purpose. Also, I don't like that I can't have a blank window sitting on my screen, but instead one of my recent chats has to be open.
I can think of numerous use cases where the ability to just hide a chat would be inadequate. Consider conversations that inadvertently or intentionally include proprietary, confidential, offensive, private, or illegal content. It is hard to imagine how, after all of the privacy requirements, that this functionality would be approved in areas that have a strict privacy requirement. If someone accidentally makes one wrong comment it can forever be searched and discovered by anyone in the chat. Not cool. This is bound to cause problems.
Hello, not sure if this is correct place to ask this but it is important. If I started conversation with someone (x) and then added another new person (y) and saw messages "user (y) added and history shared". Then I removed person (y) from conversation and deleted all my messages with person (x). question: does person (y) can still see my messages if I deleted and this person was removed ?
Sigrid Öberg commented
Our employees want the possibility to clean up their chat history. Even if the chat exists "behind a curtain" (only accessible to super admin in case of forensic investigations) it should be possible to hide it so that it is not visible to the employee.
If I hide a thread, the whole chat history will still be visible the next time I chat with the same person or group.
Yeah this should of been basic functionality.
José Ramírez commented
Paresh Lagdhir commented
Please provide a way to delete the chat. An individual message or entire chat with group or individual.
Ted Moyer commented
I don't find a hide button. Only a mark unread button... In the app at least.
Agreed, there is no point in having a visibly redacted conversation. If I choose to delete it, I prefer that it be removed from the thread. At that point I really don't care where you put it. Seems a common enough design pattern and easy to fix.
Matt Schultz [BCBSNE] commented
We at least need the ability to delete SfB interop threads. If a Teams user has a chat with an SfB user, then the SfB user upgrades to Teams, the chat that occurred using the SfB interop gateway is stuck in the chat list. It's confusing to the user, and they should have a way to remove the older SfB thread.
Hi Suphatra, is there a reason that a deleted conversation can't be handled like SharePoint Online and put the conversations in a preservation hold library?
Nathan Willis commented
Yes! at least allow us to auto hide chats older than a certain range of time. I hate having all of my old chats still showing.
Fred bench commented
All threads get old. Our threads tend to run into 150+ replies. Deleting them is a huge hassle. Should be able delete whole threads. Even if it requires 5 prompts to do it, it would be better than having to do the 3 prompts per reply. 450 buttons to delete 150 replies in one thread.