Snapchat making sexting safe

Does Snapchat make sexting safer?

I found this article of interest, Snapchat was meant to be the safe way to send naked images without fear of them been passed on. Now it looks like there is a loop hole. Ok the person you send your nude text to may want to keep an image of you in your birthday suit so they take a screen shot real quick so they can keep it. Then later on when you break up  in a fit of rage send the image onto all your friends. So what you wanted to be private is now out in the public domain. So keep your cloths on and just send the dirty text messages, let their imagination do the rest.

Millions of teenagers have adopted a smartphone app which has been touted as a way of safely “sexting” and sharing naked pictures. But is it really a safe way to share intimate photographs of yourself?

 

Snapchat, which is available for both iPhone and Android devices, describes how senders can control how long a message or picture can be seen for, before it expires after a maximum of 10 seconds:

Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends.

You control how long your friends can view your message –
simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send.

They’ll have that long to view your message and then it disappears forever. We’ll let you know if they take a screenshot!

It sounds like a neat solution, if the picture is only visible for 10 seconds – that reduces the opportunity for others to forward it around the school campus, or post it for all to see on Facebook.

But the truth is that anyone can take a screenshot of their device (if they are nimble fingered enough) and create their own copy of the image.

The Snapchat app says it will tell you if someone takes a screenshot, but what action are you going to take if you share a photo in confidence, only to discover that someone has chosen to keep a permanent record?

Furthermore, there are “how-to” guidelines online explaining how jailbroken iPhones can subvert Snapchat, and take snapshots without informing the image’s sender.

A less high-tech method to grab the image is to simply take a photograph of the phone that has just received the nude photo. And then there’s no way the Snapchat app can tell you if that’s happened.

Some experts in the field of child safety online are clearly concerned that young people and children might be fooled into thinking that Snapchat is a safe way to share nude and inappropriate photographs of themselves.

Snapchat’s privacy policy even admits that it can’t actually promise any naked photos you send through the app will be only available for ten seconds.

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