Snapchat has never published an official API, but developers were able to reverse engineer one, which helped spur the numerous third-party Snapchat apps. This issue came into sharp focus last year when one such app was hacked, resulting in the leak of thousands of users’ private photos and videos. For its part, the company has maintained such apps violate its terms of service, but security experts had criticized them for not doing more to combat the problem.
That’s changing. The company has been steadily ramping up its efforts to block these apps from its platform, Snapchat executives said in a lengthy interview with Backchannel. Read full article here.