The FTC points out that third-party apps can be used to log into the Snapchat service, and because the deletion feature only functions in the official Snapchat app, recipients can view and save snaps indefinitely.
The revelation was made during an FTC complaint accusing the app service of secretly recording users’ physical location and allowing hackers to steal 4.6 million user names and phone numbers. Snapchat has agreed to settle those charges. Snapchat copped to the shady practice in a recent blog post:
The FTC spiked the proverbial football and did an end zone dance with the following statement: