Viber, the voice-over-IP and instant messenger software by Japanese developer Rakuten, will launch “disappearing messages” to boost privacy and security across its messenger.
The feature will be added to its existing messaging apps and users can even set a timer for the content they share to remain visible for irrespective of whether they’re sharing text, images or videos.
The timer can be set for seconds to days, making it a truly customisable options. Once the timer is up, messages will be automatically deleted.
But it’s not exactly a new function, because Viber had previously launched disappearing messages on its secret chats.
However, the company confirmed that rolling it out across its normal app allows for enhanced security. Viber also provides the option to delete sent messages and implements end-to-end encryption.
“We are proud to announce the disappearing messages feature launching in all 1-on-1 chats,” said Ofir Eyal, COO, Viber. “Introduced by Viber in 2017 as part of the “secret” chats experience, over time we became convinced that a similar measure of ensuring confidentiality, including sending a notification when the recipient takes a screenshot of the disappearing message, should be added to regular chats. This marks another step in our journey towards being the safest messaging platform in the world.”