It has been months since iCloud was hacked and hundreds of celebrity nude photos were released, an event known as the “Fappening”. More recently, a similar incident has occurred. This time, the situation has become well known as the “Snappening”.
Snapchat is an app that claims to delete photos after only a few seconds after being viewed. It has become wildly popular, with over 70 million users world-wide. It enables a user to send everything from pictures of shoes and food, to sharing adventures. With the thought of a photo being deleted in a matter of seconds, users became comfortable with the app.
No matter how safe users may think their photos are, evidence of it still exists somewhere. Items sent through the application can be found on Snapchat’s servers, phone storage, or even in the servers and routers that transmitted the data. Although the average user will not be able to retrieve them, those with technical knowledge or recovery tools can pull them back from the depths of a hard drive.
Users who chose to save their “snaps” signed up for a third-party site called snapsaved.com. The site was granted access to the Snapchat account, taking incoming photos and downloading them to Snapsaved computers. The servers then became compromised and hackers leaked over 200,000 photos before Snapsaved could delete their website and purged the related databases.
In the wake of the two leaks, a new contender is on the rise. Advertising itself as “not your mother’s social app”, Fade has arrived to one-up Snapchat. The new app states that photos fade from your account after 24 hours, and users are allowed to send an anonymous message once a day on the network. Although the app is still in its early phases, problems are beginning to arise. Derek Lightner, a math major at Shippensburg, expressed his dislike of the app.
“Fade is a terrible app. I deleted it because it feels wrong to scroll through. Mostly about drinking with occasional nudes,” Lightner expressed.
On the other hand, students attending Northampton seemed to have little knowledge of the app, and the general consensus was no opinion could be formed.
They have previously reported users for violating child pornography laws on Fade as well.