Twitter slows the rollout of its disappearing message feature, Fleets, amid tech issues and privacy concerns



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  • Twitter on Wednesday said its launch of Fleets, a disappearing-message feature, was having performance and stability problems.
  • Many users won’t get Fleets “for a few more days,” the company said.
  • Users have raised privacy concerns, saying the feature encouraged harassment. Some Twitter users were able to send Fleets to people whose direct messages were closed.
  • A Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg on Thursday that the company was working to fix privacy issues. 
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Twitter on Wednesday said it was slowing down its rollout of Fleets, a 24-hours-and-its-gone messaging feature announced Tuesday, because of tech issues. 

Disappearing posts like Fleets, named for “fleeting thoughts,” aren’t a new concept. Snapchat pioneered them when it launched in 2011. In the years since, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all introduced similar

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First Snapchat did it. Then Instagram and Facebook jumped in. Now Twitter is joining in, too. On Tuesday, Twitter said it would introduce a feature called Fleets, allowing users to post ephemeral photos or text that will automatically disappear after 24 hours. Fleets will roll out to all iPhone and Android users globally over the coming days, the company said. Twitter said its main “global town square” service, which people such as President Trump use to broadcast their thoughts to followers, remained its marquee product. But the company said it recognized that many users simply lurked on the platform and rarely posted. Fleets, it said, could make it easier for people to communicate without worrying about wider scrutiny of their posts. — NEW YORK TIMES

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Twitter Adds Disappearing Post Feature

Twitter  (TWTR) – Get Report has jumped on the disappearing post train, unveiling a Snapchat-like feature that allows users to share posts that disappear within 24 hours. 

Twitter Fleets is designed to help users feel more comfortable participating on the platform in a “lower pressure way” Twitter said in its announcement. 

Fleets is different from regular Twitter posts that remain on the users feed until they are deleted. The new feature is available globally now after Twitter first tested it in places such as Brazil and India.

While rival social media company Snap  (SNAP) – Get Report innovated the disappearing post feature years ago with its Stories, Facebook  (FB) – Get Report then released its own version of the technology on its Instagram platform before also porting it over to its flagship website. 

Twitter shares were up 0.2% to $42.81 on Tuesday morning.

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Disappearing Tweets? Twitter Now Has a Feature for That

SAN FRANCISCO — First Snapchat did it. Then Instagram and Facebook jumped in. Now Twitter is joining in, too.

On Tuesday, Twitter said it would introduce a feature called Fleets, allowing users to post ephemeral photos or text that will automatically disappear after 24 hours. Fleets, a name that refers to the “fleeting” nature of a thought or expression, will roll out to all iPhone and Android users globally over the coming days, the company said.

Twitter said its main “global town square” service, which people such as President Trump use to broadcast their thoughts to followers, remained its marquee product. But the company said it recognized that many users simply lurked on the platform and rarely posted. Fleets, it said, could make it easier for people to communicate without worrying about wider scrutiny of their posts.

“We’ve learned that some people feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter with

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Facebook’s Vanish Mode on Messenger and Instagram lets you send disappearing messages

Facebook’s latest take on a signature Snapchat feature is arriving today, and it’s called Vanish Mode. First announced as part of its big September redesign of Messenger, Vanish Mode is an ephemeral messaging mode for both Facebook Messenger and Instagram that will you let you send texts, photos, voice messages, emoji, and stickers that disappear immediately once they’re viewed by other parties and the chat window is closed.

Some users may have already noticed Vanish Mode in the chat settings on Messenger, as Facebook has been rolling out it slowly to some users since the redesign was announced two months ago. And on Instagram, some elements of Vanish Mode are already part of the core direct messaging feature set, including disappearing photos and videos once a piece of media has been viewed. Vanish Mode is similar in ways to Messenger’s existing secret conversation mode that lets you enter an end-to-end

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Snapchat may have pioneered disappearing posts in social media, but Facebook is adding a disappearing act to messaging.

Vanish Mode, for Facebook’s Messenger and Instagram, enables users to send messages that disappear once they are viewed and the viewer leaves the conversation.

You can turn it on by swiping up on your mobile device while in an existing chat thread. If one person enters Vanish Mode their messages will disappear but the other person in the conversation has to do the same for theirs to disappear.  Vanish Mode only works in one-to-one conversations, not group chats. And unlike regular non-vanishing chats, it does not support the new cross-app feature so it only works if both of you are on Instagram or both on Messenger but not across platforms.

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All You Need to Know About WhatsApp’s Disappearing Messages Feature

If the disappearing messages feature is turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after seven days

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Widely used chatting platform WhatsApp on Thursday announced the launch of disappearing messages—a feature widely anticipated which was being tested for sometime.

The company in its official blog explaining the feature said when disappearing messages are turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after seven days. In a one-to-one chat, either person can turn disappearing messages on or off. In groups, admins will have control of the feature.

The company reasoning the launch of this feature said, “Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to

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WhatsApp disappearing messages will self-destruct after 7 days

These WhatsApp messages will self-destruct in seven days.


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Ever look back through your WhatsApp chats and find it filled with endless messages that really don’t need to be kept? The messaging app is going to help you clean out the clutter with new disappearing messages that vanish after a week.

You’ll be able to turn the setting on and off, so you can still find important information that you’ve sent or received. And you can keep hold of heartwarming messages from friends and family. But you’ll no longer have to hunt for those keepers amid lengthy conversations about what you were having for dinner six months ago or the same endless argument about whose turn it was to feed the cat.

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WhatsApp Disappearing Messages are coming, but you should avoid it

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  • WhatsApp has explained how Disappearing Messages will work on the platform.
  • It looks like the implementation isn’t quite as customizable or as secure as rival apps.

WhatsApp has been working on expiring messages (dubbed Disappearing Messages) for several months now, following in the footsteps of rival messaging apps. It looks like the company is close to implementing the feature, as it’s just updated its FAQ page.

The updated page, spotted by WABetaInfo, reveals everything we need to know about Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp. And unfortunately it seems like the feature falls far short of similar features in other apps.

Probably the biggest strike against the WhatsApp feature is that it’s a simple on/off toggle. Meanwhile, both Signal and Telegram feature customizable expiration times that vary from a few seconds to a week. More specifically, WhatsApp’s Disappearing Messages only disappear after seven days. Check out an image obtained by WABetaInfo

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