Snapchat- the photo-messaging android app has fuelled many controversies ever since it came
to fore. From its lax security measures to temporality of its images- Snapchat set the tongues
wagging for many who predicted wrongfully at the beginning that this app won’t last for long.
But they proved wrong. But when a government body in USA as important as Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) warned the parents of teenagers (especially the age group of 13-17) about the
potential of Snapchat being the playground for pedophiles, the world sat up and took notice.
Sexting- the bone of contention for the Snapchat-skeptics
When Snapchat was launched in 2011, the market for Facebook was already saturated among
teenagers. While the adults were happy to post the images of their day-to-day lives in Facebook,
the teenagers started to stay away from the social networking giant. The reasons varied- from
adding parents and relatives in friend list to the hard fact that once pictures are uploaded in
Internet, it’s really impossible to take them down.
In this scenario, Snapchat’s unique feature about ephemeral pictures- came as a breath of fresh
air. But soon this over-exposure to Snapchat raised a concern among the trade-pundits and
parents alike that this app is perfect for sexting. Several surveys have been conducted on this and
though the results showed that adults rely upon mobile MMS mainly for sexting; for teenagers,
Snapchat is the first choice.
There are many advantages of Snapchat for being the playground of sexting-
• The risk of parental monitoring over Snapchat is marginal.
• It takes few seconds to click your images through phone-camera or the app, one click
away to send them to friends, and only ten seconds to get them disappeared- in Snapchat.
Those who engage in sexting via Snapchat find it most comforting that- their ‘dirty secret’
won’t be reveled into public as the Snapchat authority, time and again claimed that, the
The threat of Pedophilia and Pornography in Snapchat
Child pornography and Pedophilia are two of the most glaring threats in social networking
sites and unfortunately Snapchat also fell prey to them. In countries like US or UK, where the
danger of cyber bullying and publishing of nude pictures of unassuming teenage girls are on
the rise, Snapchat has adult pedophiles and depraved youth, lurking in its user-base.
From making fake profiles and sending friend requests to vulnerable targets to persuading
teenage girl-friends to send their naked photos; there are many ways that a perpetrator can
execute in Snapchat.
Despite the security claims from Snapchat, the market is full with hacking apps and Third
party applications who give chances to viewers to download the ‘disappeared’ photos. Also
the menace of hacking already created havocs by leaking 100k Snapchat photos in October
Though the photos get disappeared within 10 seconds in Snapchat, anyone can take a
screenshot during that time and then circulate the images in internet. Only Snapchat and FBI
must think and try hard enough to prevent this sexual bullying via this app.