Facebook Messenger tests self-destructing message feature

By | November 13, 2015


Facebook is testing a self destructing feature in its messenger app. Some users in France saw hourglass icon at the top right corner of conversation. When anyone clicks on that button, it sets the messages to self destruct in one hour time.

It looks like currently this feature is only available in France, but we may expect a wider release of this feature for global users pretty soon. Snapchat comes to our mind first, whenever we think of self destructing message feature. Because this has been one of the main features of Snapchat that makes it so popular since its launch in 2011.

Back in 2013, Facebook tried to buy Snapchat at the rumored price of 3 billion. But could not buy it, because Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat refused the offer. So Snapchat will certainly get tough competition from Facebook because company is trying to beat them by adopting launching self-destructing feature similar to Snapchat.

Facebook’s messenger app now has more than 700 million users and Facebook has been making useful and important changes to make its app even more popular. If you want to send self destructive message in France, you have to tap on the hourglass icon from the top right corner of your conversations. You can also opt out from it anytime you want, if you want to send permanent message.

Facebook said that the company will roll out this feature globally in near future.