Nursing Home Worker Fired For Sharing Video Of Half-Naked 93-Year-Old

Nursing Home Worker Fired For Sharing Video Of Half-Naked 93-Year-Old

A healthcare worker tasked with caring for patients at a Wisconsin assisted-living facility lost her job recently after she allegedly shot a short video of a nearly nude resident and posted it on Snapchat.  [More]

Bye Bye Puking Rainbows: Snapchat Shuttering Lens Store

Bye Bye Puking Rainbows: Snapchat Shuttering Lens Store

Two months after Snapchat opened the Lens Store to offer users the option to jazz up their self-destructing messages, the company is shutting down the venture.  [More]

Turning the feature on; after the message disappears into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Facebook Testing Self-Destructing Messages

Facebook is reportedly trying a totally new, completely novel, never-before-seen kind of message — oh, hang on a second, Snapchat has been doing self-destructing photos and videos for a while now. But anyway, Facebook apparently wants to do that kind of thing, too. [More]

Snapchat Clarifies Privacy Policy Change, Promises It Doesn’t Store Photos Or Messages

Snapchat Clarifies Privacy Policy Change, Promises It Doesn’t Store Photos Or Messages

Once again a company has taken steps to clarify its privacy policy after recent changes caused confusion and worry for its customers. Over the weekend, Snapchat reassured users that their information and photos are private, and always will be.  [More]

Snapchat announced today that users can pay to replay messages.

Snapchat Now Lets Users Pay For The Ability To Replay Those Self-Destructing Messages

Snapchat, built on the premise that photos and videos sent between users would self-destruct in a matter of seconds, has allowed users the ability to replay one passage per day for nearly two years. Now, the social network is expanding that option, letting users replay as many messages as they want — so long as they’re willing to pay for it. [More]

You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

Because we all needed another avenue to converse with friends and acquaintances other than actual face-to-face conversations, Facebook has opened its Messenger to people without an account on the social media network. [More]

Snapchat unveiled a new service in partnership with Square that allows users to transfer funds to friends.

Snapchat’s New Snapcash Service Allows Users To Send Money To Friends

Over the last year Snapchat has evolved from a system that allows users to communicate through photos that self-destruct after 10 seconds, to a full on chat messaging system that flashed pictures and videos for 10 seconds at a time. Now the social sharing app, which has been the target of numerous security hacks, is offering a new service: Payment transfers between users’ bank accounts. [More]

Results for four of the 39 services currently evaluated on the EFF's Secure Messaging Scorecard.

Secure Messaging Scorecard Shows Just How Unprotected Your Online Chats Are

The Internet is a place where hundreds of millions of people go to write things they wouldn’t — or can’t — say in public, and many of the most private and secretive communications occur via the many instant messaging services available to consumers. But what you may not realize when sharing your personal thoughts (and images) with someone online is that the level of privacy and security on these services varies wildly from one to the next. [More]

Snapchat Photos Stolen, Company Blames Users Of Third-Party Apps

Snapchat Photos Stolen, Company Blames Users Of Third-Party Apps

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to communicate through photos that self-destruct after ten seconds. Taking advantage of this feature, many people use it to take photos of their private parts. However, there are third-party apps that you can use to sign in to Snapchat, then send and receive files. [More]

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Facebook Testing Self-Destructing Status Updates

Because your 493 Facebook friends likely won’t care in 50 years into the future (or honestly, 50 seconds from now) that you’re out grabbing fro-yo with your besties, Facebook is testing an option that would allow users to set a time limit on how long those updates appear on your timeline. [More]

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Facebook Accidentally Launches Snapchat Rival App Slingshot Early, Yanks It

Seems like someone over at Facebook had an itchy trigger finger, as the social media site released a new Snapchat rival photo service yesterday that it didn’t mean to show to the public yet. It’s since been pulled, and Facebook admits that it was a bit premature. [More]

Snapchat Settles Federal Charges It Misled Users About Privacy

Snapchat Settles Federal Charges It Misled Users About Privacy

One of the reasons people use the Snapchat messaging app, especially for messages that one may not want to have a permanent record of, is that those texts and photos supposedly disappear shortly after being received by another user.

But the Federal Trade Commission accused the service of not only over-promising and under-delivering on this notion of vanishing messages, but that it also deceived users about the amount of personal data it collected. [More]

This is not spam. It's an innocent smoothie. (Jeannette E. Spaghetti)

Snapchat Hack Attack Hitting Users With Spam Photos Of Delicious, Frothy Smoothies

While there’s no ideal way to get spammed, and being hacked is an unpleasant experience overall, the latest attack on Snapchat looks kind of delicious. Users are reporting receiving photos of tasty smoothies with a spammy link from their friends, who are definitely not sending said drinkalicious photos. [More]

Snapchat Figures It’s Best To Prove Users Are Actually Human With New Security Update

Snapchat Figures It’s Best To Prove Users Are Actually Human With New Security Update

Now that Snapchat has had its toes firmly dipped in the pool of potential security threats, it seems the company has realized it might be best to stem the tide of spambots posing as real users on the photo-sharing service. [More]

Snapchat: That Spam Avalanche In Your Feed Is Because We’re So Popular, Obviously

Snapchat: That Spam Avalanche In Your Feed Is Because We’re So Popular, Obviously

Have you had a slew of new “friend” requests in your Snapchat queue? Accepting any of those might lead to a spam avalanche in your feed, as many users have been piping up about a recent wellspring of spammy spammers hitting the photo service. But it’s not because of any recent username leaks, at least according to Snapchat. [More]

Come again? Is that an apology?

Snapchat Finally Uses The Word “Sorry,” Releases Updated App In Wake Of Hack

We’re not sure if that fact that Snapchat used the word “sorry” in a post today means that perhaps “going backwards” by apologizing isn’t quite the death sentence the company’s CEO said it was, or if it just means, sorry. The company posted the word within a blog post announcing an updated version of the app, one week after it acknowledged a hack had happened. [More]

Snapchat CEO Not Really Into Idea Of Apologizing For Hack That Leaked Millions Of Phone Numbers

While Snapchat might be working on a fix to the app that allowed phone numbers and user names for 4.6 million users to be leaked online, the CEO of the company doesn’t exactly feel like an apology is in order. “[I]n a business like this if you spend your time looking backwards, you’re just gonna kill yourself,” CEO Evan Spiegel explained on NBC’s Today on Friday morning. [via Re/code]

Snapchat Says It’ll Release More Secure Version Of App In Wake Of Hack

Snapchat Says It’ll Release More Secure Version Of App In Wake Of Hack

This week many Snapchat users were likely shocked to found out that 4.6 million usernames and the phone numbers connected to them were leaked online by a group of hackers. In response to the hack, Snapchat says now that it will release an updated version of its app that will allow users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that was exploited. [More]