Facebook Messenger Is Testing Self-Destructing Messages

by • November 13, 2015 • Breaking News, FacebookComments Off on Facebook Messenger Is Testing Self-Destructing Messages5466

Messenger is already one of the leading messaging app out there. Of course, as a spin-off of the largest social network there is, it had a good start, especially when Facebook decided to “force” us into using Messenger.

But to be fair, Facebook has been working hard to make Messenger one of the best messaging app. Sometimes it added brand new features – like facial recognition for example – but most often, by “stealing” features from others. Today Facebook is testing self-destructing messages. Can you guess where the idea came from?

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It’s not a secret, Facebook has always had an eye on Snapchat. So when Messenger is testing self-destructing messages, it is easy to see how this is a direct hit at the number #1 ephemeral platform.

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In a nationwide test in France, Facebook is now giving users the option to have their messages disappear after a defined lapse of time.


Users can turn the feature on and off from within the app. Users who get early access will see an hourglass icon at the bottom of the screen. A tap on the icon will turn the feature on. A second tap will turn it off.

The new feature is currently limited to users in France but Facebook could be planning a worldwide release should the test be successful:

We’re excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared towards making Messenger the best way to communicate with the people that matter most. Starting today, we’re conducting a small test in France of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after they’re sent. Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback as they give it a try.

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