Fear was spread this weekend after Snapchat made a seemingly sinister update to its terms and conditions with the release of a new version of the app.
The new T&Cs appeared to suggest that the image-sharing app would be "stockpiling" users' photos - a suggestion the company has since denied.
According to the new terms, all users who agree to use the service grant Snapchat a:
worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from, publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and publicly display that content in any form and in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).
As some websites pointed out, this was a drastic change from the older terms and conditions which stated "delete is our default".
That means that most messages sent through our Services will be automatically deleted once they have been viewed or have expired.