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Mobile app firm Snapchat settles FTC charges
Mobile app firm Snapchat settles FTC charges

Oh, snap. They don't always disappear. Snapchat, a mobile messaging app, has been hugely popular among teens and young adults, who have flocked to the service for its purported ability to make their photo messages, or "snaps," vanish a few seconds after they're viewed. But on Thursday, the Venice start-up settled charges that it deceived users about its central feature — ephemeral messages — and failed to secure users' personal information. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Snapchat made "multiple misrepresentations" to consumers about the app "that stood in stark contrast to how the app actually worked." Under the...

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