One of the reasons that made a popular messaging app Snapchat highly popular was because of the feature that let the message expire itself in a certain time. And surely, it is a founding father of such feature.
However, it is not going to be alone as Facebook is also reportedly said to be testing similar feature on the iOS platform.
Facebook spokesperson reportedly said, "We're running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance." The iOS users may soon see an option which would allow a post to "expire" anywhere from 1 hour to week. For those that are wondering, even after the post expires and is removed from the timeline, it still takes a few months to take it out of the back-up servers.
The social networking giant tests and deploys new features to its iOS and Android apps regularly, with some type of update making the rounds at least once per month.
This is not the first time that Facebook is attempting to build a Snapchat-ish type of feature in its UI. Just recently, the company also launched Slingshot, which features expiring photos and videos, provided that the recipient replies to the message.
However, the feature is still undergoing a test phase. So it might take a little while before it goes live. Until we get further information about the new feature, you can stay tuned to us for other updates!