Facebook has been looking at other social media apps that have been getting attention, and they have been learning. The social media powerhouse is now experimenting with disappearing messages, something that could cause it to compete with Snapchat.
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The feature, which isn't out for everyone yet, can be activated by hitting an hourglass icon on the top right of your chat. The message will disappear after an hour. You can toggle it on and off. The feature is personalized for each and every conversation, so you don't have to worry about changing it back and forth.
In the screenshot of the app sent out by Facebook, it looks like the chat bubbles will remain in place, but the text will be gone. It is unknown whether Facebook will tell users if the message was taken as a screenshot like it does on Snapchat.
In a statement provided to USA TODAY, Facebook said it is experimenting with the feature in France, but it may expand to other countries in the future.
"We're excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared towards making Messenger the best way to communicate with the people that matter most," read the statement. "Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people's feedback as they give it a try."
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Is this a function that people are really going to use? It doesn't seem like all too many people use the Facebook messaging app for that kind of thing, but you never know. At the very least, it will take away some of the exclusivity of Snapchat.