After WhatsApp, Facebook brings disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram
Facebook has introduced a new feature that lets you send disappearing messages on Messenger and Instagram platforms. The new 'Vanish Mode' auto-erases messages from a chat as soon as the user exits the mode. This is in line with WhatsApp's disappearing messages feature but works slightly differently. At present, the Vanish Mode is available on Messenger but will soon come to Instagram as well.
'Vanish Mode' allows for in-the-moment conversation
In an attempt to shift toward private messaging, Facebook's Vanish Mode lets you have discreet conversations and share personal images without worrying about them staying in the chat history. Vanish Mode is also opt-in, meaning you have the control to enter the mode with someone. Moreover, if someone takes a screenshot of your chat in Vanish Mode, you will be notified.
How to activate Vanish Mode?
Vanish Mode can be activated by swiping up in an existing chat. Once you enter the mode, the chat background will go black and you will see a banner saying Vanish Mode: Seen messages vanish after leaving the chat. To exit, you just have to swipe up again. However, it is unclear if the feature will also be available for group chats.
Here's a run-through of the feature
Is Vanish Mode available right now?
Facebook states that it is rolling out the Vanish Mode in a phased manner. The feature is currently available on Messenger in the US and some other countries. The company will also introduce Vanish Mode on Instagram in the coming weeks.
Facebook is also revamping the layout of the Instagram app
Separately, Facebook is working to redesign the look and feel of the Instagram app. The Activity tab will be placed at the top of the home screen, alongside the DM button and the New Post tab. The dedicated Reels tab is also getting a new placement at the bottom of the screen. Lastly, the company will also add a new Shop button.