There had been rampant rumors that Snapchat’s recently updated Privacy Policy gave the company ownership of everything its users were posting.  This would have included photos, videos and text messages.  Nitish Kulkarni wrote a very helpful article that dispelled these rumors (“Snapchat Responds to Chatter about Privacy Policy Change”; techcrunch.com; November 1st).

The article included Snapchat’s public statement that “Snaps” and “Chats” users send to their friends are still private — just as they were prior to the revised Privacy Policy.

It always pays to read a company’s revised Privacy Policy.  Sometimes there are key changes that users need to know; sometimes those changes are misinterpreted and create a swirl of rumors that aren’t true.  This is an instance where those rumors are happily not true.  So Snapchat users still keep control over the content they post.