Snapchat is quickly becoming one of the most popular social media apps and networks due in part to its “decaying media” feature. For the newbie snappers, pictures you send to your friends or post online only stay there for 24 hours (or right after your friends have viewed them) and then they are gone forever (unless you decide to save them on your own.)
Remember when your mom and grandma and socially righteous friends posted how they’d never use Facebook Messenger because it can turn your camera on whenever it wants? But, what they failed to understand is that just because Facebook Messenger needs access to your camera in order to function, doesn’t mean that it’s going to turn on your camera whenever it feels like it.
Read the new @Snapchat privacy/legal policies before deciding whether to click yes. Scary stuff in there, kids. pic.twitter.com/RvXMk1JPdn
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 29, 2015
The funny part is, most people knew this, but the fun of a conspiracy theory is that we can all join together and get mad at companies we feel want to destroy us, or something.
However, now, the app has changed its terms and conditions so it owns every single photo taken using the app.
Not only this, but if you use it, you’re consenting to the app doing whatever it likes with your photographs.
Also, Snapchat wants your firstborn child.
I knew people who had actual IT jobs that deleted all their photos in fear of this happening. The funny part is, they should have been honored if anyone took their picture to use in an advertisement in the first place.
Snapchat came out and allayed these new fears and allegations pretty simply:
Snapchat has taken to its blog to explain that it re-worded the documents to be written in the “way people actually talk” in order to be “upfront and clear” with users. It also clarified the point that the images that it wants permission to retain and share are just your public shots so that they can be syndicated across the globe. Since the firm is now offering in-app purchases in the form of paid replays, it had to insert clauses asking for permission to sell those images. SOURCE
Oh, wait, so they can take your public pictures and share them with their specialized geo-located sharing feature that everyone wants to be in in the first place? Say it ain’t so!
Seriously, stop with the outrage before you sit down and actually think what these companies are trying to accomplish. Don’t buy into knee jerk reactions until you’ve fully vetted the situation.
Oh, and add us on Snapchat, we’re “LehighValley.”