MC683037 – Viva Engage admin center toggle to disable private messages within a network (archived) Icon

check before: 2023-11-04


eDiscovery, Microsoft 365 admin center, Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Viva Engage


Android, iOS, Mac, Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant



Change type:

New feature, Admin impact




After 20th of November 2023, Viva Engage will offer a toggle in the Viva Engage/Yammer admin center to disable private messages for all users in the network.
Viva Engage offers a private message capability for users to communicate outside of communities and storylines. Some customers may prefer to limit this option, encouraging users to use other products for private chats. The toggle is a voluntary option to control the information flow in your network and digital workplace.
If the toggle is selected, users will lose access to all private message content in the front-end experience across mobile (iOS and Android), desktop (browser), and all other end user surfaces. Content remains ingested for eDiscovery.
The toggle is in the Yammer admin center at launch. It will be available in the new Viva Engage admin center in Q1CY24. The toggle is available under Tenant Settings.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 178016
[When will this happen]
All networks will see this toggle in their Viva Engage/Yammer admin center as of November 20, 2023.
There is no action required to see the toggle; all networks will have this option appear automatically. Network admins (verified, Engage, and global admins inclusive) must choose to turn private messages off.

Change Category:


Release Phase:
General Availability, Preview



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