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Facebook reportedly working on 'Reddit-style' social app

New app will allow users to interact anonymously, report says

Facebook reportedly working on 'Reddit-style' social app
Facebook has, by and large, held fast to the insistence that its users sign up with their real names

Facebook is reportedly working on a "Reddit-style" message board through which users can interact using aliases or nicknames.

According to a report in the New York Times, the message board would be available as a standalone app that could be released in the coming weeks.

While Facebook has, by and large, held fast to the insistence that its users sign up with their real names, thereby ensuring people can be identified properly on the network, the idea behind this new app would be to allow users to discuss certain topics that they might not feel comfortable putting their real names on.

According to the New York Times report, the project is led by Josh Miller, a product manager who joined Facebook when the company acquired online discussion start-up Branch.

At this stage, it is unclear how the new app would interact with users' main Facebook accounts, if at all. There is speculation that Facebook may actually keep the two services separate, with the new app being used as a way to gauge user sentiment under the safety of anonymity.

Facebook has come under fire recently over identity issues, with a growing number of users calling for the company to allow them to use pseudonyms for their accounts. The company has admitted that it will amend its ‘real name' policy, though just how far these amendments will go still remains unclear.  

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