Facebook Releases ‘Poke’ App For iPhone


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You know that annoying ‘poke’ feature on Facebook? Well, it just got a major overhaul, and is now a standalone app.

Facebook rolled out the “Facebook Poke” app Friday — allowing users to send messages, photos, 10-second videos, and, well, ‘poke’ them.

Messages sent in the new app expire after a period of time — anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds. And, once they’re gone, they’re gone. Users can’t retrieve the self-destructing notes.

“With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo, or video to Facebook friends to share what you’re up to in a lightweight way,” Facebook said.

If you’re worried about privacy, the apps have built-in safeguards. If you want to save a photo, the only way to do so is by taking a screengrab — perfect if you’re a member of Congress and need to be discreet.

The free app joins the main Facebook app, Facebook Messenger and Facebook Camera and is currently only available on iPhones.

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