Facebook’s Slingshot app now available globally on iOS and Android

25 Jun 2014

Slingshot lets users send photos and short videos to friends

Social network Facebook’s rival to Snapchat, a new app called Slingshot, is now available to download around the world after debuting a week ago in the US.

Slingshot lets users send photos and 15-second videos to friends. The content disappears after being viewed although creators can auto-save what they create.

Unlike Snapchat, whose messages disappear after being viewed, users of Slingshot will have to reply with a message before they can see the intended original message.

Last night, Facebook made the app available worldwide to users on iOS and Android devices so they could sling content at friends.

The app is also available to non-Facebook users who can sign up with their mobile phone number.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years