Facebook testing new disappearing message system similar to Snapchat

The new system is being tested in France
The new system is being tested in France

Facebook is in the process of testing a new application within its messaging system which enables messages to disappear within an hour, similar to the Snapchat concept.

The social media giants are currently testing the new messaging system in France, where users are able to enable the function simply by tapping an hourglass icon on the messenger.

This enables the self-destructing messaging, which remains active until users disable it. For the interim period messages received will delete themselves after an hour's existence. 

“We’re excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared towards making Messenger the best way to communicate with the people that matter most,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement.

“Starting today, 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. Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback as they give it a try.”

Facebook's latest application venture is aimed at closing the gap between one of its main rivals in the instant messaging world. However, none of the several previous attempts at improved instant messaging caught on while Snapchat grew in popularity.