SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook accidentally released its rumoured Snapchat rival called Slingshot on Monday, before promptly pulling it from the App Store.
Talk of Facebook's Slingshot app first appeared in March, with the Financial Times reporting that the social network was close to releasing the Snapchat copycat. It seems that the rumours were correct, as Facebook's Slingshot app made a brief appearance in the App Store on Monday before it was promptly removed.
However, the brief appearance was quickly jumped on by The Verge, and it got all of the details about the application, which likely will make another debut later this week.
Much like Snapchat, Facebook's Slingshot application lets you send photos and videos to friends that disappear once they are viewed. The app also allows users to add captions and draw on images.
Unlike Snapchat, however, you have to first send a message back to your friend before you can "unlock" their message, likely in a bid to encourage users to socialise more on the application. While you're viewing a message, you also have the opportunity to tap a React button in order to send your reaction back to the sender.
The app description read, before it was scrubbed, "Slingshot lets you quickly share moments - little and big - with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won't be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away."
Facebook confirmed the accidental release of Slingshot in a statement, with a company spokesperson admitting, "Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we're working on.
"With Slingshot, you'll be able to share everyday moments with lots of people at once. It'll be ready soon and we're excited for you to try it out."
Facebook has yet to announce when Slingshot will reappear, but given yesterday's slip, it looks like the app will arrive on iOS first. µ
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