Facebook is testing its own version of Snapchat in the Messenger app


David Marcus


Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus


Facebook is testing Snapchat-like photo and video messages that disappear after 24 hours - in its Messenger app.

After TechCrunch first spotted the changes, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the feature test, which is called "Messenger Day," to Business Insider.

The company spokesperson said that Messenger Day is currently being tested in Poland and declined to offer details on whether it would eventually be available to Messenger users in other countries.

We know that people come to Messenger to share everyday moments with friends and family," the spokesperson said in a statement. "In Poland we are running a small test of new ways for people to share those updates visually. We have nothing more to announce at this time."


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Screenshots from TechCrunch of Messenger Day in action.

Facebook has previously tested disappearing text messages (another Snapchat staple) in Messenger in parts of Europe but never rolled the feature out globally. More than one billion people use Messenger globally.

Messenger Day is of course not the first time Facebook has taken direct inspiration from Snapchat. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, recently introduced a nearly identical clone of Snapchat's Story functionality and called it "Stories."

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