It’s safe to say that Snapchat helped to popularize features like disappearing messages, where users can send messages that would automatically delete itself after a set period of time. Instagram later “borrowed” this feature when they launched Stories, and now it looks like the company is looking at other implementations of the feature.
According to researcher Jane Manchun Wong, she has discovered that Instagram is working on disappearing messages. As its description implies, this will allow users to send DMs to each other that will disappear after a period of time. Based on her discovery, it seems that this will work as an alternate mode in DMs, where users can switch between regular DM mode and disappearing message mode.
Instagram is working on “🙊 mode” where messages disappear
It seems to be in an early barebone version but I tried my best to demonstrate how it might work pic.twitter.com/ZrUZZj0TWo
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 19, 2020
Wong claims that the version she discovered is still a barebones version, which Instagram later confirmed themselves when they replied to Wong’s post on Twitter by saying, “We’re always exploring new features to improve your messaging experience. This feature is still in early development and not testing externally just yet!”
It is unclear when the feature will be rolled out to users, if at all, but as Wong’s discovery and Instagram’s comments suggest, given its early development, perhaps it will be a while before we see it released to the public.