Facebook is testing Snapchat-like disappearing messages in France

Facebook is testing the waters of ephemeral messaging. Users in France have noticed a new feature within the social network’s Messenger app that lets you set a message to self-destruct after one hour. The test, first noticed by BuzzFeed today, is currently limited to users in France, but Facebook says it may roll out the feature in its testing phase to other countries down the line. Facebook confirmed the test to The Verge, saying it can be turned on for any conversation by tapping an hourglass icon in the top right. It only effects that one conversation, not every thread in Messenger, and it can be turned off at any time.

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