How To: Block Yourself from Being 'Seen' by Facebook's New Read Receipts Feature

Block Yourself from Being 'Seen' by Facebook's New Read Receipts Feature

Facebook recently added some features to its Messages, Chat and Groups that a lot of people have found to be somewhat sketchy. Facebook's "read receipts" tell people exactly who has viewed posts and messages, so you can no longer get away with the old, trusted excuse of "What message?"

In Groups, anyone with permission to view a post can hover over it and see a list of other people who have read it. This could actually be functional if you're using it to coordinate meeting times or sharing documents for work. But when it comes to Messages and Chat, it gets a little creepy. According to Josh Constine of TechCrunch, not only will people always know if you've read a message or not, "you'll now see the name of town or city from which a message was sent in-line if your conversation partners have location enabled."

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If you don't want your Facebook Messenger to have a built-in white lie detector, try Chat Undetected. It's a browser extension made by Crossrider that works across Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. All you have to do is install it and it disables read receipts so you can stay incognito when you want to be.

What do you think of read receipts? Does anyone already use something similar to Chat Undetected? Tell us about it in the comments.

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9 Comments

Is there any way to do this on your phone, too?

I've been looking into it and as of yet I don't think anyone has made a mobile app with this functionality. I'm sure it won't be far behind, I'll be sure to update if I come across one, though!

But what if it doesnt let you disable it from the extensions menu? I cant disable it, it says something like "this app is administrated and it cant be disabled"

Is there any way to do this on the posts of groups?

I know there is a setting to have the messages sent in SMS/MMS to your mobile instead of chatting within the app. This helps save a bit of data (the app doesn't use much anyhow) but also wouldn't be able to detect and report whether or not you've read the message and haven't responded yet or not read the message at all.... wouldn't it? I'm also curious if I could turn that function off for myself as well, meaning: I dont want to see whether or not someone has read my message yet or not. It gives me anxiety and makes me care about things I would otherwise never think about. Any insight?

This does not work for FB messages in Safari. I downloaded it and tested it 3 times. Each time it told the sender the time the message was viewed.

the real problem for me is to be seen by anyone that i viewed some posts in a group . today to be seen in chat isn't a real problem as there are many extensions for browsers and for mobile also like Facebook Unseen that can prevent that but what about the problem of to be seen in groups ??

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