Snapchat has been around since 2012, so this development seems a little late. However, people still seem to like the format, and now Messenger has finally gotten on board. Whatsapp did a similar thing just last week, and now Facebook has announced that Messenger will be following suit. The platform's disappearing messages are sightly different to Whatsapp's version. On messenger, messages disappear as soon as you leave a chat, rather than after seven days.
With Vanish Mode, your messages auto-erase when you leave the discussion. Vanish Mode allows you to swipe up on any chat in order to enable the function, then swipe again to turn it off. This functionality will also be arriving for Instagram shortly, applying to IG Direct chats.
This is how Vanish Mode works:
- Only people you're connected to can use vanish mode with you in a chat
- It's opt-in, so you choose whether or not to use Vanish Mode
- You get notified when someone takes a screenshot while you're using vanish mode.
- This is a lot like Snapchat for Messenger. It does feel like it's old, but it's also useful. Facebook says the feature will roll out gradually on both Messenger and Instagram. It's already available on Messenger in the USA and some selected locations but it won't take long rolling out everywhere else.