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Facebook to Release an Anonymous Chat App

08/10/2014

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As reported by The New York Times, Facebook planning to launch a stand-alone mobile app that will allow users to chat with people anonymously. Earlier, Facebook users were asked to to identify themselves before they can use any of its services including chatting with friends but now with the roll out of this app, they will not require to do so.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview had hinted such possibilities.

“I definitely think we’re at the point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things,” he said. “If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.”

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It is as obvious as it could be that the social juggernaut is introducing such feature, the way apps like Whisper and Secret, which capitalize on their non-requirement for real-names, and chat services like Omegle that allows users to talk to people anonymously, are growing like a wildfire. The feature will help the company in bringing back as well lure new users to the platform who are going elsewhere for such needs.

As revealed by the report, Josh Miller is spearheading this project and has been working on it with a team since last year. Josh Miller was hired by Facebook when the company acquired his startup Branch.

However, the idea is of course the release of an app like this by Facebook would be interesting to see but then how will the company manage to keep it safe from spammers and trollers.

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