by Brent Dirks
January 13, 2014
Snapchat has a simple message regarding the recent uptick in spam plaguing the service: sorry. A recent blog post from the company tackled “Snap Spam,” also known as unwanted pictures sent over the service:
We’ve heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service. We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue. As far as we know, this is unrelated to the Find Friends issue we experienced over the holidays. While we expect to minimize spam, it is the consequence of a quickly growing service. To help prevent spam from entering your feed, you can adjust your settings to determine who can send you Snaps. We recommend “Only My Friends” :)Made for the iPhone and iPod touch, Snapchat can be downloaded now in the App Store for free. The app received an update last week in response to widespread abuse of the Find Friends feature. Users can now opt out of linking their username to their specific mobile phone number. New users now must also verify their phone number before searching for friends on the service. Even though the hugely popular image sharing service has no revenue to speak of, it has been a major acquisition target for bigger social networking players. Back in November, word leaked that CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel turned down both a $3 billion offer from Facebook and $4 billion from Google. Spiegel’s reasoning was reportedly pretty simple – he wants even more money for the company. I can’t say I would have done the same.