Snapchat’s new term and conditions have resulted in outrage from its users and twitter has been flooded with tweets from users rejecting company’s new terms and conditions.
Snapchat is one of the most popular chatting and picture sharing apps and according to company’s statistics over the last year 700 million messages were sent through the app last years.
On Snapchat, all the messages sent are temporarily stored on the app’s servers and then removed. Even the user’s chat history messages are removed until the user takes the screenshot as per the company’s claim.
But, with new terms and conditions your name, likeness photos and voices can you be used by anyone anywhere in the world. The original terms of service state:
“You grant Snapchat a world-wide, perpetual, royalty-free, sub-licensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from , publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and publicly display that content in any form and in any and all media or distribution methods.”
Snapchat is mostly used by people of young ages and has mostly private photos; videos and voices messages are sent via the app.
The users believe their content can be used for cyberbullying and sexting. On top of that they cannot report this because any spammer or hacker will have the permission for doing so.
For Snapchat officials, there may be difficult times ahead as if they don’t take back their revised terms of services they could see a drop in the value of their app which currently worth over 10 billion pounds.
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