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Facebook testing vanishing messages

  • Facebook users in France are able
    to send vanishing missives with its smartphone Messenger application, as part
    of a new feature that the social network giant is experimenting with.
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  • “We’re
    conducting a small test in France
    of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after

    • Facebook users in France are able
      to send vanishing missives with its smartphone Messenger application, as part
      of a new feature that the social network giant is experimenting with.
    •  
    • “We’re
      conducting a small test in France
      of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after
      they’re sent,” Facebook told
      Agence
      France-Presse
      .
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    • “Disappearing
      messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate
      on Messenger.”
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    • Tapping an hourglass
      icon on the top right of the screen in Messenger will allow users to send
      messages designed to vanish an hour after they are sent.
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    • The feature is being
      tested on versions of the Messenger application for mobile devices powered by
      Apple or Android software. If it proves successful, the feature would likely be
      made available in other countries.
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    • Making ephemeral
      messages an option in Messenger is a direct challenge to smartphone-messaging
      rival Snapchat.
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    • Snapchat’s appeal has
      been the premise that messages disappear shortly after being viewed, providing
      users a sense of being able to keep pictures or videos private and ephemeral.
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    • Los Angeles-based
      Snapchat rocketed to popularity in the United States, especially among
      teenagers, after the initial app was released in September 2011.
    •  
    • Snapchat rejected a
      $3 billion takeover offer from Facebook in 2013.
    •  
    • Facebook earlier this
      year began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social
      network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the
      market.
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    • The personal digital
      assistant – dubbed “M” – completes tasks along with seeking out
      information at the behest of users.
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