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Snapchat agrees to pay Maryland $100,000 for making 'false representations'

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(WJLA) - The makers of the popular photo-sharing app Snapchat have agreed to pay the state of Maryland $100,000 for making what Attorney General Doug Gansler says are false representations.

Snapchat has agreed to pay the state of Maryland $100,000.

According to a report in BizJournal, Gansler contends that the app promises users - many of which are young teens - that photos and videos sent as snaps through the app "disappear forever."

Gansler said in a statement, “Despite Snapchat’s marketing claims to the contrary, no company can fully prevent content you send to someone else from being copied, shared or posted online."

Furthermore, Gansler said the company also often collected personal data from users without disclosing it - including underage children, which is against the law without parental consent - and that Snapchat does not do enough to prevent children 13 years and younger from creating accounts.

Read more in the BizJournals article.

 

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