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Messenger and Instagram launch ephemeral conversations with messages that disappear and warnings when taking screenshots

Facebook has been integrating its messaging offer for a good part of the year, especially that of Messenger and Instagram, which means that news that reaches one reaches everyone. The last of these novelties are temporary conversations, with messages that disappear as soon as they are read.

The operation is something different from the messages that self-destruct, and that were already – and continue to be – available on Facebook Messenger, but as part of the secret conversations. Vanish mode, activated in any chat by swiping up, and it’s kind of like an incognito mode for conversations.

A private mode for any chat

Messenger -and Instagram soon- release a private, temporary or ephemeral messaging mode, which can be activated in any chat by means of a gesture: Vanish mode or of disappearing messages.

It is similar to other implementations of messages that self-destruct, although with the difference that they work in normal Messenger chats and that, at least for the moment, you cannot configure how long they take to disappear: are erased as soon as they are read.

This mode is opt-in and only available in chats with people you know. It is activated by swiping up and, in addition to automatically deleting messages, let the other person know when you take a screenshot with a text in the same chat. To deactivate this mode, you must swipe up again.

Facebook has announced that the disappearing chat mode is starting to be activated for users in the United States and « a handful of other countries » on Facebook Messenger, and that will come later to instagram.

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Messenger and Instagram launch ephemeral conversations with messages that disappear and warnings when taking screenshots