Facebook Messenger could feature self-destructing messages

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Is there a secrete message you wouldn’t like to remain in a chat history? ‘for your eyes only’ type of messages. New screenshots revealed have made us to believe that soon, Facebook might be including a feature in its Messenger app that will enable you to trigger a self-destructing message. Although several apps such as Snapchat and BBM (Timed messages), include features like this, it seems Facebook Messenger will be adding support for that as well soon.

The information appeared on Twitter via @iOSAppChanges, showing details and screenshots of what Facebook refers to as “disappearing messages” in its Facebook Messenger v68.0 for iOS.

From what is seen it appears that enabling this feature will make your messages disappear from the receivers end within the time limit you specify after the message is sent, “You turned on disappearing messages. New messages will disappear from this conversation 15 minutes after being sent.”

With the recent focus on encryption, this could be Facebook’s move towards adding more security features to its Messenger app. For now we have no idea when this new feature will be launched and if it will be iOS-only first.


Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.


Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook’s web-based Chat feature and built on the open MQTT protocol Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website. Facebook reported in April 2016 that Facebook Messenger has reached 900 million monthly active users.



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