Facebook is said to release a brand new mobile application which would allow users to communicate without using their real name or Facebook account, according to a recent report from The New York Times. Facebook’s anonymous chatting app is expected to be released in the coming weeks, and it will compete with apps like Whisper, Secret clone or even to Snapchat, if the app comes with photo sharing abilities, as well.
Facebook currently has more than a billion active accounts and its business policy encourages ts customers to use their real name in order to grow their social network and be identified easily. But as more people are getting concerned about their privacy and anonymity (not necessarily when they connect to public free WiFi), Facebook wants to come up with a totally different product than what it has done so far.
Facebook’s upcoming app could permit the use of multiple pseudonyms to openly discuss topics that would make them feel uncomfortable if they were using their real names. At the moment, we don’t know if the app will support anonymous media sharing or if it will interact with Facebook’s main site.
Back in April, Facebook announced Anonymous Login which allows users to log in anonymously to mobile applications and web sites. The current project is being led by Josh Miller, a product manager at Facebook who joined the company when it acquired Branch. If it becomes a reality, Facebook’s new app could be come a threat even to the huge Reddit online community where all of its users sign up pseudonymously.
The app is said to be coming in the next weeks, and it will be exciting if this turns out to be more than just a rumor.