Snapchat Promises It’s Not Hoarding Your Naughty Pictures

Snapchat Promises It’s Not Hoarding Your Naughty Pictures

The release of Snapchat’s updated privacy policy and terms of service has caused a social media uproar after the picture sharing app included a minor detail that it now owns every photo and video shared on its platform.

Posted by ERIN MARY Doyle

Snapchat is usually a platform where people can share photos with the knowledge that the image will disappear quickly. But Snapchat’s TOS and privacy policy were both updated over the weekend and users of the social media platform were not impressed.

By agreeing to the update, users gave Snapchat permission to “a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, 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 (now known or later developed).”

Twitter, predictably, lost its mind over the update:

The company quickly went into damage control:

In the blogpost, Snapchat promised it was not storing the videos and pictures sent over the platform: “Snapchat is not—and never has been—stockpiling your private Snaps or Chats. And because we continue to delete them from our servers as soon as they’re read, we could not—and do not—share them with advertisers or business partners.

“The main thing we did was to rewrite the Terms and Privacy Policy so that they’d read the way people actually talk. We always try to be upfront and clear with our community.”

As reported in B&Ta similar controversy happened to Spotify when its updated privacy policy said the music streaming company could access its users’ location, contacts, photos, videos and microphone.