How do I delete multiple text messages?

I use the Message app that is the default on my Moto E4 with the Android 7.1.1. I tried to press and hold a text message but am unable to select others before deleting. How do I delete multiple text messages at once rather than individually within the same thread? Thank you for your help!

If you’re using Messages by Google, the following linked instructions should work:
https://support.google.com/messages/answer/7028817?hl=en

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