Snapchat

So Facebook is planning an app that allows you to send photos ‘discreetly’, much like Snapchat.

Sexting - it is so much riskier than it sounds…

Naturally! Doesn’t everyone sending a photo to grandma, of their 2 year old playing on the beach this Christmas season, want it to self-destruct in 10 seconds? Quick, get your specs grandma – oops too late.

Predictably, both Snapchat and Facebook deny any inappropriate intent in designing the app. Snapchat’s designer, Evan Spiegel, downplayed the ‘nudes’ phenomenon saying that a few seconds of looking at a picture is unlikely to get anyone going. In fact, he even added in a clever hack to the app,  so that it actually alerts the user when a recipient takes a screenshot of one of their snaps. The very act that such a ‘safety net’ is needed should set our alarm bells ringing. But what safety does it actually provide? If a teen girl sends a nude picture to someone, and then receives an alert of a screenshot, what do Facebook (or Snaphat) think she will do? Tell someone?

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  • Bart says:

    03:52pm | 21/12/12

    Don’t forget the photo does not just instantly go to the other persons phone. It has to pass through a myriad of servers and connections along the way. Gawd knows where it’s cached or copied. Read more »

  • Tubesteak says:

    03:06pm | 21/12/12

    When will it be up? Read more »

 

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