As part of a security measure following a leak of its user’s photos, Snapchat has removed third party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store. As the company does not have an official version of its app for Windows Phone, users will be left without a Snapchat app for the time being.
Around two months ago, Snapchat’s database of user stored photos were leaked, courtesy of third party applications that use Snapchat’s unofficial API such as Snapsaved. As a result, Snapchat took no responsibility for the leak and even went so far as to blaming its users for entrusting their privacy with third party applications.
6snap has disappeared as well as all snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince snapchat to change its mind
— Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) December 20, 2014
Developer of 6snap, Rudy Hyun, had discovered that his app was no longer listed on the Windows Phone store. Hyun added that he would attempt to convince Snapchat to allow third party Snapchat apps on the Windows Phone store again.
Perhaps the company’s decision to remove third party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store is the best course of action, even though it may garner flak from its community. After all, a company like Snapchat that has a hold on its user’s private photos, should prioritise user privacy and safety first and foremost.