By:  Piper Parks

Let’s talk…no, let’s chat, no, let’s Snapchat!

Another new social media “app”, application platform, for mobile, only this one has an understanding of privacy.

Privacy is non-existent in the digital realm.  If you write it, shoot it, post it, it exists, and more often than not, it exists in more than one place.  There is no opt-out, click for seclusion, block all platforms, etc., but in Snapchat, there is a disappearing function.

Snapchat is an SMS/MMS mobile application that allows for your viewer to see you whilst you are seeing them, to send pictures, “mms”, and to also be able to “text”, “sms” for wordsmithing communication.

The goal of Snapchat is to send a picture or video to your Snapchat contact.  You may write or doodle upon it, should you wish. The sender is able to choose how long the recipient’s viewing time is from 1-10 seconds.  The recipient has the choice to either capture it in a “screenshot”,  or simply allow it to disappear.

In a blog post from Snapchat, they state, “… From day one, we have promised our users that we delete their Snaps from our servers once they’ve been viewed by all recipients. That’s a promise we’ve always honored, and it’s one that neither the FTC nor the Maryland AG has ever questioned….Snaps could be saved by recipients, whether by taking a screenshot or using some other mechanism…Snapchat’s terms of service have always provided that the app “is intended for use by people who are 13 years of age or older.” And Snapchat has instituted a number of controls to ensure that that limit is respected…Snapchat is—and always has been—devoted to promoting user privacy and giving Snapchatters control over how and with whom they communicate.”


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