The most unsettling part of this inevitable development, though, is that SnapChat doesn't seem to care. When asked for comment, founder Evan Segal told Notopoulos the following: "The people who most enjoy using Snapchat are those who embrace the spirit and intent of the service. There will always be ways to reverse engineer technology products — but that spoils the fun." We're not so sure a high-school senior with her naked video getting passed around school would agree. Facebook, with more to lose, says it will update its app to fix the work-around: "We are addressing this issue now. We should have a fix pushed shortly," a spokesperson told Notopoulos.
But even with said fix, the lesson here is the same as always: Don't send things around you wouldn't want to get into the wrong hands. Facebook even reiterated that point in its statement:
While Pokes disappear after they are read, there are still ways that people can potentially save them. For example, you could take a screenshot of a photo, in which case the sender is notified. People could also take a photo of a photo you sent them, or a video of a video, with another camera. Because of this, people should think about what they are sending and share responsibly.
Got it? Good.