We all know that Snapchat is one of the most popular photo messaging applications in the
world. Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown all together developed this
application for the users to take photos, record videos, texting, and drawing and to send them
to the specific list of recipients selected by the users. These files which are sent by the users
are commonly known as the “Snaps”. A time period can be set with these snaps by the users
so that after that certain period of time these snaps disappear from the recipient’s device as
well as from the Snapchat servers.
How it all started
Snapchat was started by Spiegel and Brown as a project in Stanford University under the
name “Picaboo”. Later Murphy joined the team and finally in July 2011 Snapchat launched
under the name Picaboo which later re launched and renamed under the name Snapchat. At
starting Snapchat was launched only for the platform of iOS operating system, later on
November 2012 the same application lunched in android application also to increase its
popularity. In June 2013 a brand new application “Snapkidz” was launched as a part of the
original application. This app was fully dedicated to the kids under the age of 13 years. This
application was developed to take the photos and to draw on them by the kid users. But the
developers put some restrictions on these snaps which cannot be sent to another device by the
user. The snaps can only be saved on the particular device being used.
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The feature packed exciting app
Snapchat, the world famous application is full of exciting features specially designed for the
modern users. During the viewing period the recipient can take the screenshot of the snaps.
Snapchat launched the “Snapchat Stories” feature allowing the user to create the links of
shared contents to view for an unlimited number of times over 24 hours time span. “Here” is
another feature which informs the user about the available friends engaged for the video chat.
In 2014 “SnapCash” feature launched to transfer funds securely to the friends of the user via
this app and the app will also send a message to the recipient. It also introduced “Discover”
feature to consume text and video items from editorial teams and also updated “Best Friend”
feature with attractive emoji icons.
The effect of sharing of illicit content
Concerns have been raised about the sending of nude or sexually explicit images. As per the
result of a survey many Snapchat users are under the age of eighteen, a question over the
technical facilitation of child pornography distribution has been raised. Although according to
a study of market research firm Survala, mobile phone users are more likely to be used MMS
rather than Snapchat for sexting. According to the Experts the use of internet is exposing
young children to nudity and pornographic images at an early age than the past.
Earlier in 2014 Snapchat ran into some legal issues with Federal Trade Commission
FTC of the company misleading users on the level of privacy offered and collecting user
information in a way that violated the privacy policies. Users could take the photos,
download the third party applications and could even save the videos by connecting their
device to the computer.