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Facebook Poke is a New App That Self Destructs Messages, Just Like Snapchat

by Brandon Russell | December 21, 2012December 21, 2012 6:00 pm PDT


Facebook has a new app called Poke that’s literally Snapchat, but a little bit better and easier to use. It sounds completely insane and weird, and it’s strange that Facebook is creating such an app in the first place since a lot of its userbase is young. But also old, which is creepy.

Basically, Facebook Poke lets users send photo and video messages to their friends (or groups of friends) through the social network, and the media will then disappear from the app in 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. But where does the media go? To Facebook servers? How long before a Tumblr shows up with nudie Poke pictures?

The time limitations are clearly being implemented so nothing shows up on the Internet you wouldn’t want there in the first place. You can take a screenshot of messages, which is bad, but Facebook is trying to thwart that by making users touch the screen for the entirety of the message. Poke will, however, alert users whenever a screenshot is successfully taken, so there’s that.

The app is currently available on iOS, with an Android version surely being prepared for a later date.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...