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You Can Finally Unsend The Embarrassing Facebook Messages You Immediately Regret And Save Your Dignity

Bless up.

There are some things that really never needed to make the journey from thought to typed out message sent to an audience and lost into the cyberverse for all eternity.

Facebook has been sitting on the technology to allow you to ‘unsend’ a message for a long time, but it was a feature that only Mark Zuckerberg had the privilege to use.

Until now.

Yes, it’s finally happening: Facebook is letting you unsend any and all of the stupid s**t that you deemed appropriate to communicate via Facebook message.

Until now, you could delete messages only from your own inbox, but the unsend feature allows you to take back a message within 10 minutes of it being sent. So really try to think about that drunk text you’re sending for the 10 minutes following, because this is your window to redeem your judgement.

To use the feature, you open Facebook Messenger on your phone or desktop, go to the conversation and press and hold on the message you want to adios. You then select ‘delete’ at the bottom of the screen and select ‘remove for everyone’.

When you remove the message it’s replaced with text notifying the would-be recipients that something has been deleted from the chat. So you’ll still have to explain how you ended up in the DM’s of your ex and what not, but you can at least save face for the most part.

The deleted message will however remain on Facebook’s server for a limited time (apparently), in case it’s something abusive that might need to be reported.

But hopefully you’ll mostly just encounter the feature when you’re your messiest self and in need of a lifeline. Now if they could just add this unsend feature to texts now that would be great.

Victorian Parliament Is Debating Moving Australia Day To May The 9th, Which Isn't A Pun But Could Still Work I Guess

Sure, May 8 SOUNDS right, maaaate – but it turns out there's an Actual Historical Reason to shift it a day.

This weekend the Victorian Labor party is going to debate a change in the date of Australia Day, from the controversial January 26 to May 9.

The debate is a precursor to a conversation set to be had on a national level at the party’s conference in July.

We’re waiting.

Considering how vocal Australia’s Indigenous activists, communities and allies have been about the deep offence caused by the current date, which is widely considered a day of mourning for Aboriginal Australians, and all of the work that’s been put into the #ChangeTheDate campaign, it’s good to see the issue getting airtime at an official level.

Unfortunately, federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has historically made it clear that he does not support changing the date.

Invasion Day Protest in Melbourne

As reported by The Guardian, the Australia Day motion being drafted up behind the scenes officially recognises that the current date is “offensive to Indigenous people”.

Since January 26 has always been heavily protested by the Indigenous communities, named Invasion Day and been declared a ‘Day of Mourning’ by Aboriginal elders, the government is under pressure to not just put this in writing, but follow through.

It’s time.

While some change advocates have suggested the quintessentially Australian May 8, (read: maaaate) as the new date, the resolution is putting forward May 9 as their alternative. It’s so close it seems like a tease, but they have their reasons.

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May 9, 1901 marks the date of the first meeting of the Commonwealth Parliament, and thus the day which Australia became a self-governing and independent commonwealth.

Honestly that doesn’t mean much to me, but as long as it’s moved from Invasion Day then that’s a step in the right direction.

But, you know, also please do more.

The next step, of course, would be to break down the systemic racism and white supremacist institutions that disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people every day in this country!

But, you know, one hard-fought-and-I’m-talking-for-literally-decades-oh-my-god-why-has-it-taken-so-long win at a time. 

Australia Has Banned The Release Of New Video Game We Happy Few About An Over-Controlling Government And Can You Say “Irony”?

Apparently the game encourages drug use, which is not ok, but games where you literally run down sex workers are fine!

At this point gamers are probably used to the nanny-state censorship that often gets doled out by the Australian Board of Classification. The decision to ban the upcoming game We Happy Few is yet another disappointment to add to the list.

We Happy Few is an indie survival game set in a disturbingly different post-World War II dystopian society. The government enforces the prescription of a drug referred to as “Joy” which makes people happy, docile, and lacking basic morals.

The player’s avatar is one of three characters who refuse the hallucinogenic (or at least try to) in order to escape the city.

Eeek

Despite the fact that Australia has had an R18+ rating for games since 2013, the Classification Board has decided that even adults can’t handle the game and just banned it all together. And all because of “Joy”.

According to the decision report from the Classification Board, which was provided to Kotaku Australia, drug use was the chief problem. It states, “Computer games will be refused classification if they include or contain ‘drug use related to incentives and rewards’.”

“A player that takes Joy can reduce gameplay difficulty, therefore receiving an incentive by progressing through the game quickly.” The report continues. “Although there are alternative methods to complete the game, gameplay requires the player to take Joy to progress.”

Happy daze

It’s not quite so simple though – while the game can be substantially more difficult when you skip your “Joy” pills, you also see sequences in which “Joy” has adverse effects and can lead to death.

“Joy” also keeps you under the hand of a dystopian government that you’re actively trying to escape so you could see that the game really has an anti-drug stance.

Really makes drugs appealing.

While violence abounds in games like Grand Theft Auto, where you are literally incentivised to kill sex workers, drug use has prompted the banning of games like Fallout 3, Crimecraft, Risen and now We Happy Few.

No problem here apparently.

At the end of the day you can’t fight the irony that this game about an over-controlling government has been banned by our government. A decision one might call…over-controlling.

We Happy Few is set to come out everywhere else this Summer.

UPDATE 27/6: The classification board has received an appeal and will be reviewing the ban next month, according to Kotaku Australia.

The press release from the Board invites anyone keen to stand as an “interested party” for this review to have their say by writing to the Convenor of the Review Board.

Submissions close this Friday June 29 so if you if you want to give them a piece of your mind, get on it ASAP and send through your thoughts to: crb@classification.gov.au or addressed to:

The Convenor
Classification Review Board
Locked Bag 3
HAYMARKET NSW 1240

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