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The Snappening: Snapchat Says It’s Not Their Fault if Your Nudes Get Leaked

The Snappening: Snapchat Says It’s Not Their Fault if Your Nudes Get Leaked: Courtesy of Snapchat

Courtesy of Snapchat

Quickly being referred to as “The Snappening,” as many as 200,000 nude Snapchat pics and videos could be leaked onto 4chan on October 12th. Sound familiar? This was the same forum where Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrity nudes were posted weeks earlier.

But Snapchat has their hands up in the air: it’s not their fault if your nudes get leaked. Users were at fault for using third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, which is prohibited in their Terms of Use. They also made it clear they found no breach in their personal servers.

But many of their users are minor—or people whose age is unknown—and its very possible their nudes could be spread online. They would hardly be to blame for downloading a third-party app, easily accesible on the Apple app store.

When I searched for “Snapchat” in the app store, third party apps like SaveSnap came up. SaveSnap hasn’t been taken down yet (unlike the now defunct web client SnapSaved that was compromised by hackers). When I downloaded SaveSnap, the login section said “Download Snapchat,” which is clearly intended to mislead. And when I went to save a friend’s video, this popup showed up:

"You have no rights to save or share this snap. Saving it, you violate the sender

“You have no rights to save or share this snap. Saving it, you violate the sender’s privacy.”

These are the apps that Snapchat says it has gotten rid of in past, but they obviously didn’t get to all of them quickly enough.

Playboy reached out to Snapchat regarding the leak via email, who mostly repeated what they said over Twitter:

[W]e have no way of knowing whether a third party was breached or not. What we do know is that our servers have not been breached and no Snaps have been leaked from our servers. We have been successful in removing dozens of 3rd party apps called from Google Play and the iTunes App Store and we continue to aggressively pursue the removal of the remaining apps and new ones that crop up. Our statement below is based on media reports only.

We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were allegedly victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.

So, should we expect to see SavedSnap—created specifically to permanently save Snapchat photos and videos—taken down this weekend?

This isn’t Snapchat’s first brush with leaked nude photos. Back in 2012, infamous party photographer Kirill Bichutsky started a Tumblr page called Snapchat Sluts, which quickly gained a lot of attention and featured screen shotted snaps of naked girls that were voluntarily sent to Bichutsky. Snapchat took action and sent him a cease-and-desist letter, and the website is now removed.

So even though Snapchat is trying to back quietly away from The Snappening, if these photos get leaked on 4Chan as predicted, this problem won’t disappear as quickly as your average Snapchat nude.

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