The Internet was rattled after Snapchat released their newest policy changes causing rumors to circulate that its changes now allow for the company to use people’s content as they see fit. But recently, Snapchat released a statement on their Tumblr page to clarify any confusion about the policy update.
One of the biggest concerns which resonated throughout multiple articles and comments on the Internet revolved around the issue of privacy.
Naturally, all of us want to be ensured that we have some level of privacy and control concerning the things we post on any social media accounts, but the reality of the matter is that most companies have wide access to the content you post because social media companies are simply set up that way. Nevertheless, using people’s pictures, videos, or texts in a context that falls outside of the realms of social media is where things begin to get sticky, which is one of the main things that Snapchat wanted to address.
“We never want to create any misunderstanding over our commitment to protecting your privacy,” Snapchat reaffirmed within their statement, declaring that snaps and chats are removed from their servers once they receive the information that shows if someone has viewed the snap or if it has “expired.” They also go on to say that Snapchat does not horde anyone’s content and never intends to do so.
However, they mention that Snapchat retains the right to take a person’s snaps that are submitted for Live Stories, which is an entity of snaps from people who submit them that could be showcasing different places around the world or things going on in them.