News broke yesterday that a website popped up this week devoted to sharing private Snapchat photos, contrary to the stated mission/function of Snapchat.
In case you didn’t know, Snapchat is a red-hot app, which allows users to send self-destructing photos to friends or groups. Because the photos are supposed to self-destruct, the app has become a favorite among the younger sexting crowd.
We have written previously about Snapchat’s vulnerabilities and available hacks, and it seems as though not a week goes by that the app’s reputation as a safe way to send truly private messages is assailed. A look at Google Trends chart shows that Snapchat’s popularity doesn’t appear to be peaking any time soon:
Along comes Snapchat Leaked. The site is specifically designed to share Snapchat photos that were intended to be private. In less than 24 hours, the site garnered more than 500,000 likes on Facebook and attracted more than 7.400 Twitter followers.
A look at the website this morning show that it appears to be under maintenance or taken offline, as of 7:30 AM ET.
Although Snapchat Leaked’s Facebook page was reportedly taken down by Facebook, the revenge porn trend is unlikely to end any time soon. As long as users think their photos are safe, and continue to send compromising pictures, there will be users willing to share damaging or embarrassing evidence, and companies popping up to take advantage of the trend.
Check your teens’ phones. If they are using Snapchat, you’ll want to make very sure that they understand the risks.
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