The popular social media giant Facebook has introduced a new messaging feature to Instagram and Facebook Messenger. The company has introduced its own version of a short-lived messaging feature called Vanish Mode. This feature works similarly to Disappearing messages on Snapchat and fleets on Twitter that automatically disappear after 24 hours. In addition to this, the photo-sharing app Instagram has also received some changes to its homepage that now includes the Reels tab and a Shop button to the navigation bar. Whereas the notification button for likes and comments has now been shifted to the top-right corner.
As per the latest blog post, Instagram and Facebook Messenger have been introduced with vanish mode. As the name suggests this feature will now allow the users to send messages that will disappear automatically. But it will only vanish after it is seen or read by the recipient and has left the chat.
“Sometimes a message is just spontaneous – something you want to say at the moment without worrying about it sticking around. That’s why we’re excited to introduce vanish mode on Messenger, which lets you send messages that disappear automatically. How it works is simple—messages disappear after they’re seen and you leave the chat,” the blog post says.
How to use vanish mode?
One can easily turn it on by swipe up on your mobile device in an existing chat thread and you’re in vanish mode. Swipe up again and you’re back to your regular chat. In addition to this, you can also share memes, GIFs, stickers or reactions to your friends without it staying in your chat history.
For privacy and security, this feature will only work for the people you’re connected to in a chat. The Vanish mode is also opt-in, so you choose whether to enter vanish mode with someone. If someone takes a screenshot of your chat while you’re using vanish mode, you’ll be notified. And as always, you can block someone and report a conversation if you feel unsafe.
At the moment Vanish mode is available on Messenger and Instagram to users in the US and some of the other countries and the company promises to roll out to other markets as well.
While on the other hand, Facebook has also brought some changes to its homepage. It has now introduced a Reels tab and a Shop tab. As per the official blog post, the Reels tab will make it easier for the users to discover short, fun videos from creators across the globe. While the Shop tab will also be a better way to connect with brands and creators and discover products you love. You can find products by creators you love, shop on Instagram, and support small businesses. You can find personalized recommendations, editors’ picks curated by our @shop channel, shoppable videos, new product collections, and more.
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