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The favorite occupation of millions of Internet users all over the world is sending their own photos or videos to friends and acquaintances. What is less nice is the fact that these pictures may develop a long life of their own on the Internet, over which the sender no longer has any influence - even if he is still so embarrassed about the earlier pictures later. To prevent this, the two Stanford graduates Robert (Bobby) Murphy (* 1989) and Evan Thomas Spiegel (* 1990) developed the free Snapchat app (Snap / Snapchot + Chat) in 2011, which was initially only available for the iOS operating system (iPhone) was available. An Android version did not follow until a year later.

Two years after the app was released, Reggie Brown claimed to have had the idea for Snapchat, and he was the inventor of the name Snapchat and the mascot Ghostface Chillah. In 2013, Brown sued the founders, who claimed he was just an unpaid intern at the time, while Brown assumed he was an equal partner. In 2014, the founders finally admitted that Brown had designed the app from the ground up. Both sides reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.

The photos and videos sent with Snapchat dissolve, depending on the setting, either after 10 seconds or after 24 hours at the latest. There are no traces left on the Internet, on the servers or the devices used. At least that's what Snapchat said. In fact, the allegedly deleted files can, with a little effort, be found in the folders of the receiving device and continue to be used. In principle, deleting the Snapchat files is similar to deleting files on a hard drive. The files are no longer displayed, but are still physically there. However, the system gradually overwrites the old files with new ones, so that they actually disappear at some point. If the recipient has not previously secured them otherwise. In addition, screenshots can now also be made in Snapchat.

In addition to the conventional messaging function (text communication), there is also the option of designing and alienating the photos and videos with all kinds of effects, speech bubbles, emojis, your own drawings and texts, which is an additional attraction for the predominantly young users at the age of 16 to 24 years of age. Photos and videos with intimate content are also often exchanged via Snapchat.

In 2013, the company turned down a $ 3 billion takeover bid from Facebook. In 2016, Snapchat clearly overtook competitor Facebook (8 billion) with 10 billion daily video views. The startup's financiers are numerous venture capitalists (including Benchmark Capital, Coatue Management, Glade Brook Capital Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SV Angel). In March 2017, the parent company Snap Inc. Venice Beach / California (until 2016 Snapchat Inc.) went public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Similar to other social media services, Snapchat has come under fire for its privacy, security, and terms and conditions. For example, the company can be granted the right to use images, names and voices of users in all media for an unlimited period of time.