Not for Sexting? Facebook Unveils New 'Poke' App
But Mashable calls it 'frustrating as hell'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 5:20 PM CST
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(Newser) – Don't like knowing that your text messages can live on forever? Facebook has released a new iPhone app that makes messages self-destruct after a few seconds, ABC News reports. Users of the Poke app can include a photo or video and set the time for self-destruction at one, three, five, or 10 seconds. And if the receiver screen-captures it for future viewing, the sender receives a text message saying so. Facebook says the app is designed to replicate the Web feature of "poking" in mobile devices.

Another text-destroying app called Snapchat has been available on the iPhone and is sometimes known as the "safe sexting app," but Facebook says its version is not about sending racy messages: "This is a light way and fun way to connect with your friends. ... We hope people share responsibly," says a company spokeswoman. So apparently it's not intended for the 28% of teens and 80% of college students who enjoy sexting. TechCrunch notes that Poke is already No.1 among free iPhone apps, but Mashable calls the product "frustrating as hell."

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Dec 24, 2012 3:21 PM CST
i look forward to the inevitable (and comical) crash of Facebook. They're nothing but trouble. They pretend their 'goal' is to unite long lost family and friends. But their true goal is to make loads of money through advertising and spam. Nothing more...
Dec 23, 2012 9:34 AM CST
If not for "sexting," why do they call it "Poke?"
Dec 23, 2012 12:00 AM CST
I'm sure it will be used for telling people to F off a lot more than for nice things.