The Financial Times reports that Facebook has been working for several months on an ephemeral messaging app by that name. The app lets users send short video messages by tapping their screen, according to the report, which cautions that the app may never ultimately be released.
Slingshot would likely be a standalone app and not part of Facebook Messenger, the report says. Facebook reps could not be reached for comment.
Facebook released Poke with great fanfare in late 2012. The app, which offered disappearing messages just like Snapchat, never got much traction. About a year later, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel rebuffed Facebook’s $3 billion offer for his company.