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Snapchat: Sorry for Snap Spam, It’s Not Related to Data Leak

by Todd Haselton | January 13, 2014January 13, 2014 11:30 am PST


Snapchat on Monday took to its blog to apologize for an increase in “Snap Spam” that has been reported by its users. “We’ve heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service,” the company said. “We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know that our team is working on resolving the issue.”

The company said that, at this point, it doesn’t believe that the increase in spam is related to a recent data breach. The company apologized for that breach just three days ago, noting that 4.6 million usernames and some phone numbers were exposed. Snapchat also recently issued an update to its app that allows you to unlink your phone number from the service.

It’s hard to believe that the leaked data and the increase in spam aren’t at all related, but Snapchat says it’s more likely a “consequence of a quickly growing service.” The company suggests changing your settings to only receive Snaps from friends to help quell unwanted messages.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...