Much like Snapchat, Facebook’s Slingshot does not save the image that has been shared between recipients — it is deleted after a certain period of time. However, there’s a catch: in order to access the image, a user will have to “unlock” it, by sharing something back, called “slinging”. Then, voila.
Both parties can share and receive images or videos. Per usual, there are editing and image correction tools that can be used before the user sends the shot, with privacy settings available as well.
The only downfall of a service like this could be the additional engagement required to getting the actual message, something that Zuckerberg and Co. are not necessarily an experts in, however, that could be the exact driving force needed to make Slingshot work.
As for release: Facebook will release Slingshot on iOS and Android later today.