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Self-Destructing App Grows; Software Mines Social Media

SOCIAL NETWORKING

February 11, 2013

The New York Times reports on the growing popularity of Snapchat, a service that allows users to send messages that self-destruct seconds after they’re viewed. According to the report, “Snapchat is being embraced as an antidote to a world where nearly every feeling, celebration and life moment is captured to be shared, logged, liked, commented on, stored, searched and sold.” Meanwhile, The Guardian reports on Riot—software capable of tracking individuals’ movements and predicting their behaviors by mining social media data. EPIC Attorney Ginger McCall said, “Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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