17 February 2020
Instagram may soon receive a feature that its fellow app member from Facebook is also expected to receive. This is about the self-destructing feature that deletes messages automatically after they hit a certain provided time period. We recently learned via WABetaInfo that WhatsApp may soon receive self-destructing messages and now, we are learning that Instagram is preparing a similar feature.
As discovered by the reverse engineering specialist, Jane Manchun Wong, the feature is currently not available but it can come in the near future. Wong generally digs into unreleased versions of the apps to find out some hidden gems, and the ephemeral messaging on Instagram is one of her discoveries.
Instagram is working on “🙊 mode” where messages disappear— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 19, 2020
It seems to be in an early barebone version but I tried my best to demonstrate how it might work pic.twitter.com/ZrUZZj0TWo
She has even posted a short demo of the feature on her Twitter account to make us understand how this works. Currently, the feature appears to be in its raw version where it is working but not appropriately. The demo only shows messages getting disappeared from the chat window and doesn’t show how this feature can be set.
Facebook Messenger has had this feature for years now where it allows you to start the secret conversation with anyone in your contacts and set a timer that decides for how long new messages will last before they are deleted.
No such timer or setting has been shown in the demo but we look forward to seeing it coming in the coming days or weeks if Facebook has decided to finally make this feature available to Instagram users as well. The minimum period for ephemeral messaging on Messenger is 5 seconds and it is yet to be known for how long the new messages will stay in the direct messaging window on Instagram. However, the demo shows the messages got deleted as soon as Wong left the chat window.
Later on, the Instagram Communications account on Twitter confirmed that the company is still in early development and not test externally just yet.