Snapchat Snafu

I’m going to stray from my blog theme for this post. In light of recent events, I am going to write a little bit about the Snapchat leak. I have somewhat conflicting views on this, so bear with me.

If you haven’t already heard about the Snapchat leak scandal that has happened, let me catch you up. Snapchat has announced that 200,000 photos have been leaked after a hack on a third party company, Snapsaved.com. The main countries affected were: Sweden, Norway, and the US.

First of all, it’s a disappointment that people’s private photos were leaked for the world to see. What happened was not ethical or fair to Snapchat users. It’s a bummer that we can’t instill more trust in apps and websites, but that’s just the way it is. Privacy is not the strongest feature of the Internet.

Now, to play devil’s advocate: computer systems get hacked. It happens. We live in the age of technology and everyone knows that whatever you post on the Internet or send to other people will NEVER GO AWAY. If you choose to partake in Snapchat or any other social media applications, you should know this. Will this stop people from posting inappropriate content? No. Will they still get incredibly angry when a hack like this happens? You bet. Hacks happen on a daily basis. People feel as though their privacy has been violated when hearing about a leak such as this. Social media’s purpose is making people’s lives public; so why are we so upset when it is done for us? Another fact to consider: it was only 200,000 photos. Most people don’t realize that over 700 million photos and videos are sent per day on this social app. In the big scheme of things, 200,000 photos is not a huge deal.

In the end, yes it’s a let-down that one of the most widely used social app was hacked into. However, if you are worried about your privacy being compromised, maybe you should re-evaluate the content you are sending or posting. If you wouldn’t want the world to see it, don’t post it. It’s simple really.

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