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Facebook 'set to launch app allowing anonymity'

Facebook has previously urged users to use their real identities. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

Facebook is preparing to a new mobile application that will let users interact without using their real names, the New York Times reports.

The newspaper - itself citing anonymous sources within the tech company - says the release is expected in the coming weeks, and is said to offer a chance for people to discuss topics they may not feel comfortable talking about under their real names.

The plans, if pursued, may complement Facebook's work on healthcare - the company is also said to be planning a suite of applications and "support communities" to help track and improve users' health.

According to the report, it remains "unclear if the app will allow anonymous photo sharing, or how friend interactions and existing friend connections will work".

Facebook recently came under pressure for refusing to allow members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to use their adopted names - a position it later reversed.

ITV News has contacted Facebook for comment but as yet has received no response.