It’s apparent that Facebook is on an aggressive mission to take over the world. Aside from spending its days attempting to shut down massive search engine Google, Facebook is now taking on private messenger Snapchat, which has grown popular among teens who want to send private messages without worrying about whether or not someone they didn’t intend to read the message will see it.
Facebook’s Poke app allows users to send texts, photos, and videos to friends that self-destruct in 10 seconds. “With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo or video to Facebook friends to share what you’re up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you’ve set, either one, three, five or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app,” Facebook said in its announcement.
Parents aren’t too thrilled about the Poke app, as they believe it will encourage teens to “sext” more frequently since they won’t get caught as easily as they may have in the past. Business Insider dubbed the app as a “sexting-friendly” app. In addition to allowing teens to easily carry out acts that their parents despise, Facebook just released a new chat messenger service in an effort to engage all of its users who frequent the platform from their mobile phone.