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Snapchat, Whisper promise privacy but fail (miserably) to deliver

Matt Kapko | Oct. 23, 2014
Social media apps that promise ephemeral communications or true anonymity frequently fail to live up to all meaningful expectations.

"Above all else, we always strive to do right by our users. We have zero tolerance for any employee that violates that trust," Heyward writes.

If there is any silver lining for Snapchat, Whisper and other services that fail to live up to users' privacy expectations it's that they're not alone. A recent survey conducted by HP found that on average companies are hit with one successful cyber attack or hack every four days. 

The big difference for Snapchat and Whisper is that its users often share intimate messages and images. These services set a high bar high for user privacy and anonymity, and instead of vaulting over the bar they sneak under it and hope users won't notice their limbo.


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