If you thought Snapchat was your BFF, think again. The photo sharing service — known for allowing users to send their friends and followers disappearing messages that supposedly get erased from existence after one viewing — might just be the biggest snitch ever.
According to a new report, your Snapchats are going the way of Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo and are being held under the watchful eye of Big Brother — er, the U.S. Government. So the next time you want to share a photo of you engaging in any illegal, egregious, or, ahem, sexy behavior, perhaps it’s best to think again.
(If you’re Kylie Jenner, you might want to stop smooching your sister, too.)
The app recently released its first-ever transparency report to show exactly how much user data it’s been sharing with the government, and plans to release these reports every six months.
The report revealed that from November 2014 to February 2015, the U.S. government sent Snapchat 375 requests, while 28 requests came from foreign governments. While that’s a tiny number of requests compared to many other social media sites or apps, the service also fulfilled the requests at a higher rate than those same social communities and apps.
In a recent blog post about the report, Snapchat officials declared:
While the vast majority of Snapchatters use Snapchat for fun, it’s important that law enforcement is able to investigate illegal activity. We want to be clear that we comply with valid legal requests.
So, I guess it’s totally not cool to snap my buddies any after 3AM illegal behavior I may be engaged in? And you probably shouldn’t display your line-sniffing skills at Coachella this weekend on your story.
These are all things that we KNOW we shouldn’t do, yet the incredible share-ability on the Internet these days — and our desire to humblebrag, or just brag — makes this easy to forget.
While your “sexy” snapchats are probably safe in terms of the government, that doesn’t mean whoever you’re sharing them with won’t turn out to be a major douchebag (don’t forget, people, screenshots exist). Perhaps it’s best to avoid those, also.
And if you’re Kylie Jenner, well for God’s sake, woman, give ‘Snapping’ a rest.
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