Turns Out Snapchat Has Been Saving All Your Pictures

these are the stupid snapchats people actually send


(BI)The beauty of Snapchat, a popular photo-sharing app, is that photos disappear moments after picture messages are sent. They can never be resurfaced by the sender, and the recipient can’t view the image for more than a few seconds before it self-destructs. But apparently Snapchat doesn’t actually delete the photos. It just buries them deep inside a device.* A digital forensics examiner named Richard Hickman has found a way to resurface the private pictures on Androids. The finding is similar to a flaw Buzzfeed uncovered in December. Hickman, 24, took a mobile forensics course at Utah Valley University. During his research there, he discovered that Snapchat stores every photo in a folder called “RECEIVED_IMAGES_SNAPS.” An extension, “.NOMEDIA” is added to each photo file which makes them hard – but not impossible – to find. “The actual app is even saving the picture,” Hickman tells KSL.com. “They claim that it’s deleted, and it’s not even deleted. It’s actually saved on the phone.” On average, it takes Hickman six hours to resurface the photos on Androids, depending on how much data is stored on the device. He’s still cracking the Snapchat code on iPhones.


Internet is kinda freaking out about this. Chicks running around with their clams all tightened up because none of their pictures have really been getting deleted. To me, it’s a very overblown story. For one, this is a LOT of work to take a look at a picture you’ve already seen. Six fucking hours? Um, no thanks. I saw the picture, I’m done with it. I don’t can’t even jerkoff to the same porn twice never mind going Swordfish all over my phone to find a bathroom mirror selfie with some tit in it.

And second, the idea of Snapchat is much better than the reality. If people are actually sending nude selfies then no one has told me. I deleted Snapchat like a month ago because I was tired of getting nothing. Every pic was something stupid and clothed. Rather just not have the app at all than get updates that hot chicks sent me a pic and it turns out to be their name misspelled on a Starbucks cup.

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