Snapchat App Not So Private After All

Usually when its too good to be true, it is. Snapchat is one the fastest growing app trends amongst teens aged 13-18. The app allows users to snap a pic, send it to specific recipients and then disappear after 1 to 10 seconds of being viewed. It’s the new James Bond style of photo sharing. After capturing a “selfie”  or short video clip, you can also add a text caption or even some creative artwork before sending it text-style to all your BFFs. Teens love the fact that there is less pressure of likes and shares on photos they would rather just go away. The problem with this app, is it sends a false sense of security to teens who may engage in not so appropriate photo sharing. Yup, you got it, an excuse for “sexting” quick snaps, beleiving the evidence will be destroyed. Not possible, as Snapchat claims, when a screenshoot is being taken, that the sender is notified. Wait! Screenshot? What is the point? If the screenshot has been taken within the 3 or so seconds time frame, the pic is saved and open for an all to see distribution party.

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel said,

“Although we attempt to delete image data as soon as possible after the message is transmitted, we cannot guarantee that the message contents will be deleted in every case.” 

Lesson to all, that never send any pics you wouldn’t want the rest of the world to see, no matter how Amazing Kreskin it claims to be.


Rachel Gilliland

Toronto Professional Services Team