Facebook is testing a new self-destructing feature in France via its Messenger app. The feature allows users to send messages with a built-in auto-destruct timer. It is quite similar to Snapchat, where instant messages and photos automatically get deleted, soon after the user reads or views it. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Buzzfeed, was the first to spot and report about the feature. The testing commenced on Friday, when a handful of users were greeted with an hourglass icon within the messaging app. By tapping on the hourglass icon, users were able to send messages with an auto-destruct timer. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
The disappearing messages will get vanished from your conversations one hour after they are sent. When turned on, the disappearing messages only affect the current conversation. This feature can be turned on or off anytime within the thread, and by anyone who is within the conversation.
Currently, the disappearing messages feature is only available to a limited number of Android and iOS users in France. However, depending on the kind of response the social network giant gets, it does plan to extend the service to other regions.
With over 700 million users on Facebook Messenger, the company has previously tried a Snapchat-style messaging service in the past, called Slingshot. In the past, Facebook had also tried to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion dollar, but the offer was turned down CEO Evan Spiegel.