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Facebook Leaks its own Messaging App by Accident

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Facebook has accidentally leaked details of its own forthcoming Messenger app after an employee apparently uploaded to Apple's app store before it was due to be released.

Long thought to be under development, the "snapchat clone" will offer similar photo and video sharing facilities with the ability for sent messages to be deleted from the recipients handset after a set time.

One of the more unusual features though include an ability to send a photo to a person, but that photo can only be seen if the recipient sends one back. That may prove rather more popular with teen dating services though -- where photo sharing is more commonplace.

It's presumed, although not proven, that the idea of slinging photos back-and-forth in this was could be why the app is being called Slingshot.

"Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we're working on," confirmed Facebook in a statement.

Facebook did not say when the app would be formally released though.

The app has since been removed from the iTunes app store.

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