Allow Teams owners to delete sent messages in Microsoft Teams

Part of a moderation feature enablement request, one of my clients was very keen to have deletion option for Microsoft Teams channel owners. This is a fair request as some channels would require control on end-user actions, specially in EDU sector scenarios.

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Even though this sounds like moderation feature, deletion of sent messages is a separate feature which is beyond the moderation options in Teams. If you are looking to enable moderation in Teams, have a quick look at my post here on how to that – Configuring Channel Moderation for Microsoft Teams

Enable the functionality (Globally enabled, No Team/channel level option unless you create a custom policy for group-wise rollout)

Login to your Office 365 tenant as an administrator and navigate to Teams Admin center

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From Teams Admin center, navigate to Messaging Policies

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Click on the default messaging policy (Global-wide). This change affects globally across the entire tenant. However, you can switch it OFF again whenever you think it is inappropriate.

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And, simply switch ON the “Owners can delete sent messages” option there.

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Owners should now be able to delete the sent messages by users which may be inappropriate as per organization/policy guidelines.

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