Snapchat- the photo-messaging app which created quite a storm in the social networking circle
since the year 2011, have been facing quite a backlash in the recent years from the critics, over
its security flaws. Though time and again Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has claimed that Snapchat
takes utmost care to ensure the safety of its contents; the consecutive two massive hackings of
Snapchat users’ information (both in terms of data and images) since December 2013, have made
a mockery out of his assertiveness.
The Snappening- the mayhem over 100K Snapchat leaked photos
In October 2014, the social networking addicts were shaken when 100k “deleted” photos of
Snapchat users were leaked by a hackers’ group called 4chan. The incident got double media
glare as few days ago, a similar hacking occurred where nude celebrity pictures were leaked.
Now in the Western media, fawning over nude celeb pictures was not an issue but in this case,
many grave words like ‘feminism’, ‘misogyny’ and ‘private space’ cropped up- as the celeb
names associated with ‘The Fappening’ (the name of this celeb nude photo leaking incident)
belonged to the Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Jennifer Anniston to
name a few. And each of the photos was captured in the private moments.
So when, few days after one of the most scandalous celeb photo leaks took place in the history
of hacking, ‘The Snappening’ shocked the world and kept tongues of the critics rolling on- how
Snapchat could be so careless when, in 2013, it was warned by Gibson Security- a security firm
in Australia over the vulnerable API system of the android app?
But beyond criticizing Snapchat on its safety measures that apparently seem lacking, few
pertinent questions are raised like- how are people looking at these leaked photos of Snapchat?
And what do they do with these personal snaps?
Voyeurism or Child pornography- which drives people to view Snapchat leaked photos?
Even if Snapchat is to be blamed for showing slack in security measures or hackers to invade
in privacy- those who leap into joy when such ‘sensational’ hacking takes place and promptly
download the images from BitTorrent, RapidShare or Mega; are equally the ‘partner-in-crime’.
It’s the threat of child pornography that triggered questioning the morality of millions of people
who lay their hands in somebody’s private properties. Though it has been surveyed that very
negligible percentage of Snapchat leaked photos contain nude images; the sheer statistics that
showed the rate at which people were downloading the images of ‘ The Snappening’, again
proves the fact that everybody has a voyeuristic streak inside. Even if the photo is not nude, the
raw thrill one may earn while enjoying anybody’s privately captured moment can raise a good
topic for psycho-analysts to dissect over.
Once ‘The Fappening’ took place, the social media forums like Reddit were overflowing with
sadistic comments from users over nude contents and ‘The Snappening’ triggered the same.
So now the answer is clear- it’s the skewed instinct that drives people to do what they do with