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Nov 27

Snapchat + Sexual Pics=Totally Basic: Five Things to Think About Before Clicking Send

Posted By iamincontrol | November 27, 2014

Think you know a lot about Snapchat? Well think again. I AM in Control is here to give you what you need to know about this popular app.

Here are some fun facts:

  • The app was originally called Picaboo in 2011, before it was quickly changed to Snapchat (Makes sense, it’s like playing virtual peekaboo with your little cousin or brother)
  • Snapchat has 100 million users, which send 400 million snaps a day! 40% of those users are just like you, and between the age 14-18
  • What is up with that weird ghost mascot? Actually, that thing has a name and its “Ghostface Chillah” from the early 2000’s rap group Wu-Tang Clan

While most of us are using the app to send funny selfies and things we see throughout our day, people are using this for other reasons as well. Some choose to bully via Snapchat, while others send an occasional sexual picture to that BAE (Before Anyone Else) from fourth period. But here’s a list of things to think about before sending those snaps:

  • Snappy is Leaky. Last month someone hacked into Snapchat’s server and stole nude photos that were being sent via the app. The hackers then decided to post these photos online. Earlier this year, another hacker got the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million users.
  • Snap. Send. Delete? Snapchat has admitted that images stay temporarily on their server and the user’s phone.
  • Screenshot Notification No More. There is a possibility that in future versions of Snapchat that there will be no notification of screenshot, so anyone can keep your pictures forever.
  • Found it. Companies make money by retrieving snaps for someone. So say a future college or parent wanted to view your snaps, these companies have got them covered.
  • Your Info=Money. By reading Snapchat’s privacy policy, you’ll find they are getting your basic information and sharing it with vendors, companies, and people of interest.

Snapchat is always changing, so this list could always change. But think twice before you send that snap, the person you are sending it to may not be the only one to view it.

This post will be our poll for the month of December– have you ever received a sext (including over Snapchat)?            

a.       No, I have never received a sext of any kind

b.      Yes, but just once or twice

c.       Yes—several times