Facebook to offer Snapchat-like 'self-destructing' message app, says report

The app could expand Facebook's growing portfolio of mobile apps within weeks.

Facebook is working on a messaging app that will allow users to send each other "self-destructing" messages and photos, according to reports. The app could expand Facebook's growing portfolio of mobile apps within weeks.

The app would be very similar to Snapchat, which enables iPhone and Android users to swap photos privately and set a time frame limiting access to the content. The files are then deleted from the users phones and Snapchats servers. Among other uses, Snapchat app seems to be very popular with sexters swapping photos.

A report from AllThingsD expects a similar Facebook app to surface within weeks.

The unnamed Facebook app would reportedly work much like Snapchat. You select one or more friends you want to share a photo with, and chose the amount of time the photo will be available for viewing (ten seconds or more). You could also see a list of current messages that weren't set to self-destruct.

So how does such an app fit in Facebooks portfolio? The social network has vastly expanded its mobile offering this year already, with a new Messenger app similar to WhatsApp and Instagram-like Camera app (after it bought Instagram for $1 billion). In addition to a reworked and faster mobile app, Facebook also has a separate app to manage brand pages.

An app that allows users to set messages to self-destruct could improve Facebook's image as a privacy-challenged social network, since it gives users some additional control about how they share. However, its unclear whether the app would allow actual anonymity, or the degree of privacy.

If you would want to swap inappropriate images with strangers, you wouldnt use your Facebook identity and profile; for actual anonymity, an app should let you create a separate, private identity. If this isnt the case, and a Snapchat-like app for Facebook requires use of a Facebook ID, then perhaps the self-destructing messages would be more useful implemented simply as a feature within Facebooks current Messenger app.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationssecuritye-mailMessagingsoftwareSocial networking softwareprivacyFacebook

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?