Just a few weeks after Facebook rolled out an end-to-end encryption service for WhatsApp, the social media giant seems to have a planned new upgrade for its Messenger app. A screenshot posted in Twitter by @iOSAppChanges yesterday shows the use of “disappearing messages” feature in the Messenger app for iOS. This is a feature that could appeal to the privacy-minded users.
“You turned on disappearing messages. New messages will disappear from this conversation 15 minutes after being sent,” says the app presumably after the user enabled the option.
According to a Pastebin Page that the @iOSAppChanges is linked to, this option came as a “hidden feature” with the version 67.0 of Messenger for iOS, the version was released on April 21. So, there is a possibility that the secret chat will become possible soon in the app.
This is definitely not a surprising move from Facebook. Disappearing messages or secret chat option is currently being used as a vital feature in some of the important messaging apps, for instance, ringID which is a new app that also has the secret chat feature that ensures complete privacy of the users. SnapChat, Telegram also have a similar feature. Even Line, the app that has 211 million users, recently soloed out a “Hidden Chats” option that lets the messages disappear within a set amount of time.
So, it has become so vital for Messenger to include this feature as soon as possible. Also, the information from Pastebin Page reported in March that the code for Messenger has references to “secret conversations.” However, regular users of the app are not currently being able to use the feature.