On November 12th (local time), Facebook launched a rollout of “disappearing message mode” on the messaging service “Facebook Messenger” (hereinafter referred to as “Messenger”).
“Disappearing message mode” is a mode in which the recipient can read the sent message or exchange the message that disappears automatically when the user ends the chat. Swipe up on the chat screen to switch to “disappearing message mode”, and swipe up again to return to normal chat. It’s easy to switch, so you can quickly use the “disappearing message mode” only when you want to use it. It is also possible to keep sending messages in “disappearing message mode”.
With “disappearing message mode” such as memes, GIFs, stickers, reactions, etc., you can easily send casual messages and playful messages that are not enough to keep in the history. The first time you use it, you’ll see instructions on how to use “disappearing message mode”, but be aware that you can also take screenshots of the “disappearing message mode” content, and take a screenshot to tell the sender. Notifications will be sent. Shooting and saving messages that you don’t want to keep can cause trouble, and you should avoid sending messages that would be annoying if recorded.
In order to prevent such troubles, the “disappearing message mode” is limited to friends who can chat, and it is not possible to start using it without first agreeing with the other party in an opt-in format. It also has the ability to report inappropriate conversations and block specific people.
“Disappearing message mode” will soon be available on Instagram. Facebook launched a privacy-focused policy in March last year, and is moving its strategy from open SNS to private messages and groups. As part of this, it seeks to enable interoperability between Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram to take advantage of the same messaging experience and services, and integrated Messenger functionality into Instagram’s DM (Direct Message) in September this year.