There is no love lost in the messaging app world when it comes to taking ‘inspiration’ from a competitor’s app, and with Facebook owning a few of the most popular options, it tends to bring its new features to a bunch at a time. Take Messenger and Instagram, for example, which now share the same Messenger-powered Direct Messaging function, and will soon be the recipients of the new ‘Vanish Mode’ feature.
The addition of disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram chats means that messages sent using Vanish Mode will disappear once you’ve left the conversation. And just like with Snapchat, if the other party decides they would like to document the chat by taking a screenshot, you’ll be notified of their abhorrent behavior. Instagram users will have to opt-in to switch to the new Messenger-powered chat features first in order to gain access to Vanish Mode.
Messenger users in the US are already able to make use of Vanish Mode which is said to be ‘coming soon’. The disappearing app feature will also make its way to users in other regions, although no timescale was given.