Just when you thought it was safe to take your clothes off…
Digital lovers who thought they were sending temporary photos via Snapchat are finding their private photos on sites like Snapchat Leaked without their consent.
Snapchat is a photo messaging app that purports to erase each photo after a set time limit, as long as 10 seconds. But with minimal technical-prowess, recipients can store these supposedly ephemeral pictures forever. Just as people started pumping out nudes during the dawn of photography and film, many unsuspecting lovers flocked to Snapchat technology to spice up their sex lives.
But Snapchat Leaked has encouraged people to post those plundered pics — that is, booty — without the senders’ knowledge. The group’s Facebook page attracted about 534,000 likes in just 20 hours but Facebook suspended the page, citing its own terms and policies.
“Facebook has unpublished our page due to users using the page to ‘bully’ others. We are working with Facebook on this issue,” Snapchat Leaked told British tabloid Metro. “All images are user submitted. If the person asks to take them down, we do. Most see it as fun and getting ‘Facebook famous.'”
But not everyone is looking for fame. Many users just want to arouse their boyfriends and girlfriends with sexy shots.
This has given rise to revenge porn, where vindictive exes and scorned lovers lash out at their former flames by submitting intimate photos to erotic websites.
As of Wednesday morning, Snapchat Leaked’s page, snapchatleaked.com, was unavailable due to an overflow of traffic, a site spokesperson explained. But other revenge porn sites are still operating and several copycat Facebook pages have already popped up.