In this week’s Digital Week in Review: Snapchat finally apologies for the hacking of almost 5 million user accounts, a woman posts photos of her home birth on Facebook, and Twitter release first report since going public.
Snapchat Apologizes For Hacking Fiasco….One Week Later
Last week 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were hacked from their database and leaked user’s personal information online such as names and phone numbers. By Wednesday morning (New Year’s Day) the site had been suspended. The interesting thing was that until now Snapchat seemed to not feel the need to make an apology.
Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat, has been slammed for not issuing an apology immediately following the hacking of almost 5 million users. However, Thursday the company posted an apology in a blog post saying:
“We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support”-Team Snapchat
The post also mentioned the new update for the app that is supposed to provide more protection for users from future hacks. The update improves Find Friends functionality and allows users to opt out of linking their phone numbers with their usernames by changing it in their settings.
Don’t Post Your Home Birth on Facebook
A California woman while having an at home birth posted the pictures from her experience on Facebook. Facebook has temporarily suspended her account after decided that her home birth photos were in violation of its policies. Ruth Fowler used Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to live blog the home birth of her son. Fowler claims she posted the photos in an attempt to spread awareness about alternatives to giving birth at the hospital. Though Fowler did have to make a trip to the hospital post-birth to treat excess bleeding.
The photo below is what lead to her account being suspended after three users reported it at “pornographic”.
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Twitter Releases First Report Since Going Public
On February 5th 2014 Twitter will issue its first report since the company went public last year. Twitter will also be answering questions submitted to them directly through Twitter. This will take place during a conference aired in a live webcast.
“Questions submitted via Twitter, directed to @TwitterIR, using the hashtag #TWTRearnings will be considered during the Q&A portion of the conference call in addition to questions submitted by conference call participants.” – Twitter
Twitters IPOs was originally offered at $26 but quickly shot to $44 at open. It is currently hovering around $63.