Hot Rumor: Facebook Building a Top Secret App

What is Facebook working on that has so many folks worked up? According to one of the biggest rumors in social media at the moment, the social network of one billion members may be getting a new app.

According to sources in the know, Facebook is testing the “built-in-house version of a ‘Snapchat-like’ application.” All Things D speculates that the messaging app would let users send “impermanent” photo messages to each other.

From what we can deduce from the rumor and its associated details, Facebook’s app will be strikingly similar to that of Snapchat.

After users open the new app, they are presented with a list of current message threads between them and their friends. Hold a finger down on one of the threads, and a timer comes up to ask how long the message should be viewable. From there, users are able to send the message — which, just like on Snapchat, will only be viewable for a fixed period of time.

So have the people at Snapchat heard anything about Facebook’s plans?

“We haven’t heard anything from Mark [Zuckerberg] about a Snapchat clone,” Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel says, adding that “We’re big fans of Instagram and the Facebook platform and we look forward to watching Mark continue to innovate and grow his company.”

Sources indicate the Facebook app may be launched in the early weeks of 2013.

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