The iconic “tap and hold” feature will no longer be part of Snapchat as the company rolls out important changes with the latest upgrade.
Snapchat is probably the most known “sensitive” photo sharing app, with more than 700 million photos and videos being sent per day in 2014 according to the company.
But the secret to the companies success might of been the “tap and hold” feature which together with a sender imposed time limit made the pictures sent un-savable. Pictures disappeared when the recipient stopped holding their finger on the screen or the time limit expired.
While it was proven that users could bypass the time limit system and save pictures through various methods, which can now be found on using a simple search on Google. Some websites even rank apps on how effective they are on achieving this task.
The app has become famous for the amount of nude photos and adult content sent by users, and was targeted by hackers in search of content they could sell or use for blackmail.
So it seems that the company has decided to face the facts and remove the “tap to hold” feature altogether and add more safety features as part of a new massive update.
The app will now allow users to view messages by only tapping the snap that they want to view. When done watching or the time limit expires the snap can be dismissed by the standard finger dragging, used in so many other apps.
As to the security measures , Snapchat has rolled out a two factor authentication system company says about which the company states ” Once you enable it, bad guys will have a much harder time if they try to hack into your account.”
This might of been a little most useful if it was launched years ago, considering the companies long track of being unreliable when it comes to security measures.
The new update will also increase the app’s social interaction potential by adding features like “Add nearby” an option that helps customers add groups of friends. The update also features an option that allows users to paste their face on the silhouette of the iconic Snapchat ghost, thus allowing them to recognize each other a lot more easier.
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