Snapchat on Thursday finally apologized for a hack that left 4.6 million usernames and some phone numbers exposed and in the hands of intruders. The company, until now, had been reluctant to issue any sort of apology and only went as far as to acknowledge that a breach had occurred, causing more than just a few members of the service to complain about the company’s business practices.
“We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support,” the company said in a blog post. The apology doesn’t feel very sincere, but it’s an apology nonetheless. In addition, Spotify is rolling out an update for both iOS and Android that “allows Snapchatters to opt-out of linking their phone number with their username.” Users can remove their phone number by visiting Settings > Mobile # inside of Snapchat. You still have to verify your phone number before you find friends, however, since Snapchat uses that data to link people to one another and create a phonebook of sorts.
Snapchat said it will continue to work on its API to make it more secure for users, which will hopefully prevent any future breaches from occurring in the future.