Privacy matters. We have seen many tech giants vehemently fight to protect their users’ right to privacy and security; and this is one of the reasons for which Facebook is close to releasing a new mechanism that will let users make their messages disappear after a specific time.
Back in November, we reported that Facebook was testing self-destructing messages on Messenger, mimicking Snapchat’s feature that made it a hit from the start. The latest news about the new feature on Messenger show that users will get to set an expiration for their messages, after they turn on the disappearing messages option.
While this may not look or sound very ground-breaking – given the fact that we already knew that the feature was already in the works, it looks like Facebook has taken a turn on the way it is approaching the feature. If we combine this update with WhatsApp’s recent end-to-end encryption implementation, we can all see where Facebook is aiming in terms of pushing its idea of privacy.
Moreover, it’s crucial for Facebook to make its proprietary platforms the first choice for anyone who wishes to communicate securely, especially after other fully encrypted apps such as Telegram have more than 100 million users onboard already.
The new feature has been seen very recently in the wild, being tested on some iOS users, as iOSAppChanges reports on it’s Twitter account.
#Messenger disappearing messages feature (68.0 iOS version) @WABetaInfo pic.twitter.com/dPSCyuNeoF
— iOSAppChanges (@iOSAppChanges) May 1, 2016
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