Facebook Messenger Is Experimenting With Disappearing Messages

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Facebook Messenger is contrast out self-destructing messages. Currently accessible for some Android and iOS users in France, a underline allows people to send messages that disappear in an hour. BuzzFeed initial reported a news.

In a press statement, Facebook pronounced “Disappearing messages gives people another fun choice to select from when they promulgate on Messenger. We demeanour brazen to conference people’s feedback as they give it a try.” The association hasn’t suggested if and when a underline will be accessible in other countries.

Users can spin on disintegrating messages in a chat by drumming on an hourglass idol in a tip right of their screen. Anyone else in a review thread can spin a underline off.

Facebook disintegrating messages

While fleeting messaging might assistance Messenger, that claims 700 million users, contest some-more directly with Snapchat (Facebook reportedly once attempted to acquire a app for roughly $3 billion), several tip messaging apps have already introduced identical features.

For example, Line, that has 211 million users, recently introduced “Hidden Chats,” or encrypted messages that disappear within a set volume of time. WeChat, a many renouned messaging app in China with over half a billion users, has authorised people to remember messages given 2014.

The categorical interest of fleeting messages, however, in Facebook Messenger isn’t only about promulgation supportive information. As TechCrunch’s Josh Constine notes, disintegrating messages relate real-life conversations, an knowledge Messenger has sought to transcribe with facilities like review profits and a discerning selfie cam.

This isn’t a initial time Facebook has experimented with fleeting messaging. In Dec 2012, only as Snapchat was holding off, Facebook launched Poke, a identical use that sent self-destructing photos and videos.

Despite conjecture that it would be a Snapchat killer, Facebook Poke unsuccessful to benefit traction. Since then, Snapchat has gained about 200 million monthly users and built an ecosystem that has left over disintegrating photos to embody richer facilities like Live Stories.