Facebook Working on Snapchat-Like App for Secret Agents & Sexters [REPORT]

    December 17, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Facebook is making another move to assert itself into the private messaging space, as the company is reportedly working on a standalone app that takes its cues from another popular messaging app called Snapchat.

Snapchat allows users to send and receive covert messages that have a pre-determined shelf life. When a user chooses to send a photo, text, or video message, they also choose how long they want the message to exist. When that amount of time passes (could be seconds, could be hours), the message is wiped from the recipient’s phone and from the Snapchat servers. If the recipient happens to screencap the message, the Snapchat app will let the sender know.

Snapchat says their app is “instantly fun and insanely playful,” and apparently Facebook wants to capitalize on the concept with their one billion+ MAUs. All Things D quotes sources familiar with the matter who say that the company is currently testing their own version of the Snapchat app that would exist separately from the Facebook app – similar to how their standalone Messenger and Camera apps work.

The sources claim that Facebook is so close to launching the app that it will be here before the end of the year.

“Fun and playful,” yes – but Snapchat has also been dubbed the “sexting” app by some. That’s made it controversial with some parents, who are worried that the self-destructing nature of the messages leads them to be used for “inappropriate” communications. Facebook could have a big hit on its hands if they can create a good app, considering they have something Snapchat doesn’t have – an already in-place network of a billion users. If the app is good enough, Facebook could very well steal this concept from the popular-in-its-own-right Snapchat.

[Lead Image is Snapchat, not the rumored Facebook app]

  • http://www.devicetrack.net Tony

    Common sense tells me NOT to entrust Facebook with “deleting” a private pic from my profile (their servers)after X amount of time. No matter what sales pitch they give you, if you post a pic on Facebook or anywhere, there will be a trail and most people with only a basic few skills will be able to resurrect the pic.
    Just be smart and don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your boss, mom, dad, future employers, ex’s or whoever to see.
    By the way, if you live in fantasy land and think that Facebook is watching out for your best interest with this app, then do yourself a favor and read the TOS for this app BEFORE using it. I assure you, it will be loaded with many clauses designed to excuse them from any F##ck ups on their part.
    The onus is on you.

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