The Disappearing Controversy

snapchat-controversy

I’m sure by now, many of you have heard what Snapchat is, or at least what it is about. If not, Snapchat is an app created by several Stanford Grads that lets the user take a disappearing picture; meaning that after the photo is shared with friends, the picture disappears after several moments. Snapchat says you don’t need a reason to keep in touch with friends now.

In its launch, Snapchat spread a Kelowna wildfire. Currently over 50 million snaps are shared everyday and as of November, there were 40 million users on the iOS version. In short, this idea was simple enough for a lot of people to get it with little knowledge of the app and it earned the founders $13 million in startup funding at a $70 million valuation.

Recently, Snapchat has come under some controversy. First, hacks were discovered in the app that allowed the user to take a screenshot of “ghost photo,” therefore saving it forever. Quickly, a new version of the app came out that told the other user when their photo was ‘screenshotted.’ However, even newer hacks have come out that let users take screen shots without the other user knowing.

From this, there have been several cases where ‘sexting’ pictures were sent via Snapchat and the senders are now facing the consequences. Several allegations have come out from raunchy ‘screenshot’ pictures that have surfaced on other social media platforms. In some cases, local police were even involved.

We all know that nothing posted via the internet is ever really 100% private anymore. If there is information you do not want others to see or talk about, it is safe to say that you shouldn’t post it. I personally use Snapchat among friends, but more so to stay connected with the friends I have who are currently travelling abroad. It is a great way to share a free laugh and get miniature sized updates.

It will be interesting to hear more on this issue moving forward.

Sources:

1. http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/22/not-so-ephemeral-messaging-new-snapchat-hack-lets-users-save-photos-forever/

2. http://mashable.com/2013/03/14/snapchat-hs/

3. http://blog.snapchat.com

One thought on “The Disappearing Controversy

  1. Awesome post. When you misuse a social media platform, of course it will come back to haunt you. What people do with an amazing app should be their own problem, not the problem of the platform used.

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