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Not just WhatsApp, Instagram also testing disappearing messages feature

WhatsApp is testing disappearing message feature and now Instagram also joins. The photo-sharing application has started testing a disappearing message feature and should rollout to the public soon.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2020 4:00:25 pm
Instagram, Instagram disappearing messages, Instagram Snapchat, Instagram new feature, Instagram beta Instagram in a statement to CNet confirmed that Wong’s discovery was correct.

Instagram according to a Jane Manchun Wong, a reverse engineering specialist is working on a new feature that allows users to send disappearing messages. To recall, this is one of the features that made Snapchat popular in the first place along with its disappearing Stories.

Wong discovered the unreleased feature and made a video that was then posted on Twitter, demonstrating how the feature works. She says that the feature works when Instagram users enter a dark mode messaging window via a Direct message thread, and after the dark mode chat window is closed the message sent in the mode automatically vanishes.

Instagram in a statement to CNet confirmed that Wong’s discovery was correct. It said, “We’re always exploring new features to improve your messaging experience, this feature is still in early development and [we are] not testing externally just yet.”

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Even though Instagram is still beta testing this feature in-house, there is still a workaround that you can use to send disappearing messages to friends. However, this workaround is not perfect and takes some time as you will have to wait for the other person to read your message.

You can do this by sending a user a message and after they have read it, you can long-press on the message and from the options then press ‘Unsend’. This will then make the message vanish from both your and your friends smartphone.

Instagram and other social media services have been copying features that made Snapchat popular, for some time now, like the 24-hour disappearing story feature.

Twitter in an early press statement said that it is testing a feature that’ll let users post text, photos and video that vanish in 24 hours. This according to the social media platform will encourage people to feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts online.

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