Hundreds of thousands of leaked Snaps i.e. the Snapchat user’s images are being uploaded
from discreet servers across the globe on the internet. These pictures are not those simple
selfies or pictures of pets or dinner table pictures rather than these are intimate or naked
pictures of the Snapchat users.
These images are being infamously loaded by the anarchic /b/ board on the 4chan online
forum. This forum has rechristened this unfortunate event as ‘The Snappening’. The
Snappening is the illegal reproduction of the leaked intimate photos of the Snapchat users on
the web. This comes soon after the recent leak of the private celebrity nude photos which has
happened on the highly secure iCloud.
The Snapchats content worth of 13 GB in images and videos files are being held up by
4chan forum. This forum is actively involved in process that content into an organised
database which could be searched by tying in the Snapchat username.
Snapchat Provides A Noble Means of Sharing Photos And Videos
Snapchat is a photo and video sharing platform whose apps are highly popular among the
Android and Iphone users. Snapchat allows its users to send the images and videos to each
other free of charge with a promise of automatically deleting the content within 24 hours.
Mostly the images and videos uploaded and shared by the users get deleted between 1 to 10
seconds. This results in providing one of the fastest and one of a kind disappearing images
and videos service.
Third Party Apps Rose Due To Limited Viewing Capabilities
Snapchat has given limited viewing capabilities to its users which in turn spurted the
mushrooming of third-party apps which promised to save it all for Snapchat users. These
third-party apps allowed the users to capture that brief photo for future viewing and sharing
and ended up compromising the privacy of the Snapchat users. Even Snapchat service of
providing limited viewing capabilities to its user could be held responsible for the
Snappening debacle to some extent.
Third Party Apps Busted Snapchat Users
Snapchat has said in its official statement that it server were not breached at all. It is the use
of the third-party apps which had wronged the Snapchat users. Snapchat had strictly asked
its users to prohibit from using any such services in its Terms Of Service as well.
Users should understand that the third-party apps works in dual ways, they not only save the
photos for the users but also sends them to someone else without their knowledge. One of the
most prominent such app is called Snapsave, as expected they are denying their involvement.
Child Pornography Likely To Stumble Out Of the Snappening
Demographically the Snapchat users are mainly minors aged between 13 to 17 years old.
This means that the leak would invariably result in spewing of child pornography images.
This is now turning into a serious stuff and very soon the real culprits would be found. The
Snappening in reality points the finger on the user’s security and privacy on the popular
messaging mobile applications.