There’s now a secret Facebook messages function that allows you to fire off missives that ‘self-destruct’, Mission: Impossible-style, after a designated period of time.
Anyone with the Facebook Messenger app will now be able to see the Secret Conversations feature which, like a combination of WhatsApp and Snapchat, lets you to send end-to-end encrypted texts to your pals that vanish.
Facebook Messenger unit head David Marcus said of the feature when it was announced in the summer: “My teenage daughter just started her first internship and needed her social security number, which is secure but I didn’t know how to send it to her with total peace of mind.
“We have so many identity theft issues [in the US], that I wouldn’t send it by email or want it to stay in a thread.”
Firing off these discreet chats is fairly straightforward, so here’s a quick guide to sending secret Facebook messages…
- You can only send the private messages through one device, so make sure the phone you want to use is linked to your Facebook account
- Open Facebook Messenger app on your selected device
- Hit the compose message button and, along with a list of contacts, the screen should have the word “Secret” on the top right
- Tap that button then select your contact from the list
- Write your message then select the stopwatch icon next to it to set the expiry time for the chat
And it’s as easy as that – congratulations, you’re basically now Tom Cruise.
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