Facebook has accidentally shown off its new rival to self–destructive messaging app Snapchat. Called Slingshot, it made a brief appearance in Apple’s App Store before being pulled.
The app is much the same as its key competitor. Users can send messages, scribble and draw over them and be sure that they’ll disappear within seconds once they’ve been opened by the recipient.
There is one major difference, though. Those who receive a message have to reply with their own missive before they can see anything else you choose to send.
The idea is to prevent unwanted images appearing, circumventing some of Snapchat’s more controversial aspects.
In a statement, Facebook said: "Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we're working on.
"With Slingshot, you'll be able to share everyday moments with lots of people at once. It'll be ready soon and we're excited for you to try it out."
Snapchat has faced serious challenges in 2014, after it suffered a major security breach over the Christmas period. Facebook is believed to have attempted to buy the company late last year.