Snapchat finally addresses data leak

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 9 months ago)

While the news of the huge hack Snapchat encountered a few days ago made the rounds, the company itself has not publicly said anything - till now. In a blog post published yesterday, Snapchat acknowledged the data leak that had made New Year's Eve extremely uncomfortable for them.

"When we first built Snapchat, we had a difficult time finding other friends that were using the service," reads the company's statement. "We wanted a way to find friends in our address book that were also using Snapchat - so we created Find Friends," The company refers to the "attacker" that published the now-infamous database of phone numbers and usernames that compromised a significant amount of user data. 

Snapchat also used the blog post to announce the latest update to Snapchat, which would enhance security by allowing users to remove their data from Find Friends once they had verified their phone number. The company ended the blogpost by emphasizing that their users should feel safe using the popular service: "The Snapchat community is a place where friends feel comfortable expressing themselves and we're dedicated to preventing abuse."

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