Facebook’s Slingshot App Briefly Appears On App Store

Earlier this year, Facebook tried to acquire social messaging app Snapchat for close to $3 billion. However, the apps founders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy turned down the offer leaving the social networking giant hanging. But rather than pursuing Snapchat, Facebook decided it will build its own version of the app. Today, the app called “Slingshot” made a quick appearance at Apple’s App store…



Earlier this year, Facebook tried to acquire social messaging app Snapchat for close to $3 billion. However, the apps founders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy turned down the offer leaving the social networking giant hanging. But rather than pursuing Snapchat, Facebook decided it will build its own version of the app.

Today, the app called “Slingshot” made a quick appearance at Apple’s App store. According to Facebook, the release was accidental but the app will be ready soon. On the iTunes page, Facebook explains how users can “sling” photos and videos to their friends and how the system will not be able to see the image unless they slingshot something back.

Just like Snapchat, users will be able to annotate and add captions to photos. The self-destruct feature will also be available on the app, in which users can only view images for a limited amount of time.

At present, the app is no longer available for download on the App store and iTunes is now returning an error message whenever you try and download the app using the link captured when the app was accidentally released. Nonetheless, we think it shouldn’t be long before the app becomes available.

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