The newest social app in the market is grabbing everyone’s attention by making the front pages
everyday but for all the wrong reasons. It seems like snapchat would definitely be the greatest
example for the phrase from the frying pan and into the fire as the app stirs up one shocking
controversy after the next. While the key attraction for trying out this app instead of the biggies
like Hike or WatsApp was the promise that no matter what one shares, be it images or videos, it
would disappear within 24 hours of viewing them, the app might not have made good on its
word. As the news of the snapchat leak hit the ears of its rapidly growing number of users, it
was expected that all the creators of the app could have done in the least was apologize.
However, more shocks were to follow as the people behind the app put all the blame on some
third party app.
The incident that could potentially destroy the reputation that snapchat has been building
towards has been termed aptly as the “snappening” by the very masterminds behind the
snapchat leak. The whole reason as to how the hackers got their hands on the innumerable
personal pictures of users of this particular app is the fact that when the app had boasted to be the
first social chat room to introduce concept such as disappearing photos, it’s creator did not think
it through properly. And because the concept was far from full-proof, third party apps such as
Snapsaved created an array of backdoors via which the users can choose to save them in the
pictures in their respective devices before they get deleted by the host app. All the hackers
needed to do, was hack into the database of the mentioned third party application to download as
many pictures as they could.
Possible lawsuits for users
While the original idea for the app initially being developed as a sex chat app did not really
materialize as planned, the unique concept of self-destructive photos did invite the users of this
app to share photos and videos that might be a little too-revealing by normal standards or in any
way compromising. While the users did not think twice before sharing such pictures through the
chat room, now that many of their pictures were hacked into and is being threatened to be
released in the public, there is a very good chance that many of the users, who are mere
teenagers, maybe sued in the future for offense such as child pornography if the pictures are to
show up out in the open.
The famous blame game
Now that snapchat has no way to wriggle out of the very mess that its lack of security has
produced, the only way out it can think of is putting the blame on someone else and that is
exactly what the creators of the app is doing. Instead of owning up to its failure in launching
measures to curb such invasion of its users’ privacy, it has gone on record to say that the entire
blame is to be put on third party apps and they are not responsible.