"This message will self destruct" feature headed to Facebook Messenger

User privacy has been on the minds of technological companies lately. Strangely enough, the one that's all about sharing your life online, Facebook, has been most prolific. Recently, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption that's switched on by default. It looks like self-destructing messages, another staple of 21st century private online communication, is headed towards Facebook's other big convos app, Messenger.

The information was delivered by Twitter outlet @iOSAppChanges, which published screenshots showcasing the feature as part of Messenger for iOS version 68.0. While this is the current version of the app available in the App Store, the functionality is apparently destined for a later build. Anyway, the feature lets users decide the lifetime of each message in minutes, days, months, even years. When the period expires, the message's recipient will no longer see its contents. The user is notified with a text below the message saying "You turned on disappearing messages," followed by the time they have left before they expire.

Additionally, Facebook is developing a "secret chat" feature for Messenger. The existence of traces of code linking to it was reported in March, and the functionality is supposedly available in Messenger for iOS version 67.0, in the form of a hidden feature.

However, the option isn't accessible to regular users. In competing apps such as Telegram, secret chat restricts user to a single device and the communication gets encrypted both ways. With the popularity of privacy-minded messengers rising, it makes sense that Facebook its upgrading its apps with this feature in order to stay competitive.

iOS users aside, both additions should be brought to the Facebook Messenger app for Android and other platforms in the near future.

source: @iOSAppChanges via VentureBeat



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sounds like BBM TImed Messages...but like everything facecrook, there's bound to be a hole in there for them to monitor and target ads to you, there's nothing like privacy in the hands of facecrook.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'd never understand Facebook... Why they're running What'sApp and Facebook Messenger simultaneity is beyond my eldest of imagination... Both have similar features and stuff, now don't they... Perhaps some GENUS or WISE user could shed some light on the topic?

4. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Not that I'm wise or anything. But I know couple of people who don't like using whatsapp at all, but do communicate with their Facebook contacts via messenger. So it will not be wise for Facebook to get rid of either.

5. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Both have similar features.. True.. But there are many people who just do not want to be on facebook (I know 2 of them, they got no reason as such) and On whatsapp, u need to share your mobile number and some do not want to give their mobile numbers to majority as they might lead to spamming and all...

6. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Facebook, whatsapp and hangouts all 3 have same features. But I think all 3 are necessary and all have their merits. Whatsapp is for people who don't have/want a facebook account. One downside is that you need to share your number. Fb messenger is for contacting your friends after years, after maybe they changed their numbers. Hangouts is for contacting people of similar interest. You may or may not know them in real life.

7. carlclifton

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm pretty sure they'll merge sooner or later. For now, WhatsApp is a great way to get the data of those that aren't on Facebook. Remember that you have to provide your phone number in order to use WhatsApp (which is why I use Threema). I think they'll just wait until WhatsApp users got used to the fact that they're Facebook users already.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Wildest not eldest...! Darn swipe keyboard...

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