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Snapchat Settles With FTC For Misleading Users With “Disappearing” Messages

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snapchatThe FTC is finally taking measures against Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app that turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. The allegations were filed last year by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and is part of a multi-national Global Privacy Enforcement Network.

Charges against Snapchat are very severe, including allegations the company gave misleading statements about the privacy features of the app: Consumers can, for example, use third-party apps to log into the Snapchat service, according to the complaint.  Because the service’s deletion feature only functions in the official Snapchat app, recipients can use these widely available third-party apps to view and save snaps indefinitely. Read more