Snapchat reserved the right to store and use all selfies taken through the app, so if you think that picture you’re about to send is temporary? Think again.
Now if you use the app, you’re submitting to the app doing whatever it wants with your photographs. What’s more, you are also granting Snapchat permission to use your name, likeness, and voice anywhere in the world, with no restrictions, permanently.
This means that the photos people take, thinking they are temporary and private, could appear on Snapchat’s promotional material, or even on their social media accounts.
If you don’t know what Snapchat is, it is a video messaging app created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. Kind of sounds like a nice barbershop trio.
Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of friends. These are known as ‘Snaps’. They’re supposed to delete automatically after a set amount of time, from one second to 10 seconds; this is unless the other user chooses to screenshot the ‘Snap’.
Snapchat is also used as a news platform by media companies, including Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, People, and more.
In the beginning, Snapchat claimed that all the photos sent on their app were automatically deleted from its servers. The appeal of that was that the photos only lasted for 10 seconds or less, unless the person you sent them to decided to screenshot them.
If they did screenshot it, you got a notification, telling you who took a screenshot of the “private” sometimes self-destructing photo.
Now Snapchat has changed its terms and conditions so it owns every photo taken through the app.
Snapchat told the FTC that the images are never actually deleted from a user’s device, and it’s possible to recover the images.
The app hasn’t suffered from the scandals, it’s currently reported to be valued at 16 billion dollars.
Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of Snapchat, has spoken about what the purpose of the app is. He said: “Historically photographs have been used to save really important memories, major life moments, but today, with the advent of the mobile phone and the connected camera, pictures are being used for talking. Now photographs are really used for talking, that’s why people are taking and sending so many photos on Snapchat.”
Will you choose to continue using Snapchat, or will you delete like many others have?