An anonymous sharing app called Secret, which lets users send anonymous messages and images to their circle of friends on their phone, has attracted plenty of controversy (not to mention tens of millions of dollars in investments). But the company, co-founded by two former Google employees, is just getting started: they announced this week that users will now be able to connect their Facebook account with Secret, dramatically expanding users’ potential sharing networks.
“Facebook Login has been our top requested feature, for good reason. Our community members want more friend content in their stream, beyond simply the contacts from their phone,” the Secret team wrote in a blog post. “Facebook Login gives any user the option to (completely anonymously) connect Secret to Facebook and populate your stream with Facebook friends.”
While the app is completely anonymous, and all of the content shared via the phone or Facebook will remain that way, its move onto Facebook will likely raise the alarm for privacy-concerned web users. Should anyone trust a third-party app, or Facebook, with sensitive information that they would rather keep hidden? If the whole point of the app is to share information that users would not want attributed to themselves, perhaps its best not to get Facebook involved at all.
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