Facebook Tests Disappearing Messages for Messenger

By David Cohen Comment


If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Snapchat should feel very flattered by a feature Facebook is testing in France for its Messenger application.

BuzzFeed reported that the social network is testing an option that would allow Messenger users to have their messages disappear after one hour—a feature that should sound very familiar to Snapchat users.

According to BuzzFeed, Messenger users who are part of the test will see an hourglass icon that can be tapped to turn the feature on and off.

Facebook told BuzzFeed it may expand testing to other areas and shared the following statement:

We’re excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared toward 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.

Readers: Would you like to see Facebook add this feature to Messenger?


Screenshots courtesy of BuzzFeed.