As of now, Facebook requires users to identify themselves before they can use any of its services including chatting with friends, but that may change soon as the social juggernaut is planning to launch a stand-alone mobile app that will let users chat with people anonymously, The New York Times reports. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview had hinted such possibilities. “I definitely think we’re at the point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things,” he said. “If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.” Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
With the rampant growth in apps like Whisper and Secret which capitalize on their non-requirement for real-names, and chat services like Omegle that lets users talk to people anonymously, it makes sense for Facebook to introduce such feature to bring back as well lure new users to the platform who are going elsewhere for such needs. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
According to the report, Josh Miller, who was hired by Facebook when the company acquired his startup Branch is spearheading this project and has been working on it with a team since last year. If Facebook does release such an app, it will be interesting to see how it manages to keep it safe from spammers and trollers.