File this one under “Lying Liars Who Lie”. In the past week it’s come to light that two popular apps that encourage debauchery by issuing empty promises of discretion have built their mountain of BS on quicksand.
Snapchat is an app that encourages its users to “snap an ugly selfie… send it to a friend…” and promises them that “the snap disappears.”. Well, it’s a novel idea but a blatant manipulation. Back in December Buzzfeed discovered that videos sent via Snapchat could actually be saved to the recipients computer, and now a 24 year old digital forensics examiner named Richard Kickman has been able to recover photos that were to have “disappeared” from Android devices. He’s still working on doing the same on an iPhone but no doubt he’ll get there. Also, common sense, people: any image can be screen grabbed.
Now let’s talk about Bang With Friends, “The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night. Your friends will never know you’re interested unless they are too! Completely private & discreet until both friends are down to bang!” First of all, “bang”…? Second of all, anonymous? Really? Then how is it that The Daily Dot has posted a convenient little link that will show you all of the anonymous horn dogs in your world. Here, see for yourself.
Of course, there are “explanations”. Well, uh, um, well, you see it’s like this. We um, well pictures aren’t deleted exactly. No. They’re just not mapped anymore and can be overwritten. And found by a 24 year old with time on his hands. And um, I mean, you really are anonymous. Unless you installed our app before January because like dolts we waited until Graph Search to change our settings to “Only Me”.
Lines like this mean that they can change their policy to “BURN! Here’s everything you’ve posted, now public on our blog! Har Har Har” and there is nothing you can do about it.
Snapchat at least warns their users:
Please be mindful of your own privacy needs as you choose who to connect with and what to share. We cannot control the privacy or security of information you choose to share with others. If you share information about others, we suggest you get consent from them.
Keep your privates PRIVATE, people. Push the LEARN button.