Facebook is now testing a feature that will allow users to send self-destructing messages in Messenger.
Obviously, offering this feature is a move to compete with Snapchat—but it’s far from the first time Facebook has done something to take on its major messaging competitor. In 2012, it launched the Poke app, which was designed to send self-destructing messages, pictures, and video, just like Snapchat. Poke only lasted a few months before Facebook pulled it.
How to Turn ON the Feature?
Users can turn on the self-destructing message feature within Messenger through an hourglass icon on the top-right corner of the conversation. The icon, when tapped, sets the messages to self-destruct after an hour of sending it.
“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.”