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Snapchat Launches its ‘Snap Kit’ Developer Platform

Snapchat announces its 'Snap Kit' for developers

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Snapchat Launches its 'Snap Kit' Developer Platform
Snapchat Launches its 'Snap Kit' Developer Platform. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has announced its “Snap Kit” for developers to integrate some features from Snapchat with some features from other apps keeping in mind user privacy and security.

“‘Snap Kit’ will help Snapchatters tap into the best parts of other apps they love and help those apps integrate some of Snapchat’s experiences into their products,” a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.

The “Snap Kit” will come with four integration options including the creative kit, login kit, bitmoji kit and story kit each with different and unique features.

The creative kit would allow apps to integrate their own stickers, filters, links, high scores, workout status and more into the Snap camera.

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Representational image. Pixabay

With the login kit, users would be able to unlock features and log in to other apps faster. The bitmoji kit would let them express themselves using their bitmoji stickers.

The story kit “will enable participating apps to embed publicly shared ‘Snapchat Stories’ on their own websites to showcase to their communities. Apps will also be able to search publicly shared ‘Stories’ based on location, time, captions and more.”

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“We are excited to bring other apps on board — but any future third party Snap Kit app integration submitted to us will need to go through a review and approval process to make sure we know how their integration will work. This review process will involve our trust and safety and customer operations teams — and any developer will need to agree to the privacy standards we have already built into this program,” the spokesperson added.

Snapchat claimed that “Snap Kit” would make sure to keep users informed about how their login data is being used and no data is shared from user’s friends with third party application.

Additionally, if a user does not use an app that they signed into with Snapchat in over 90 days, “Snap Kit” would automatically disconnect that app. (IANS)

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At Least 100 Developers May Have Accessed Users’ Data for Months, Reveals Facebook

According to Facebook's director of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, the new framework under their agreement with the FTC means more accountability and transparency into how it builds and maintains products

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

In yet another data breach, Facebook on Wednesday revealed that at least 100 app developers may have accessed Facebook users’ data for months, confirming that at least 11 partners “accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days”.

The social networking giant found that the apps — primarily social media management and video streaming apps — retained access to group member information, like names and profile pictures in connection with group activity, from the Groups API (application programming interface).

“Although we’ve seen no evidence of abuse, we will ask them to delete any member data they may have retained and we will conduct audits to confirm that it has been deleted,” the company said in a statement.

“We’ve removed or restricted a number of our developer APIs, such as the Groups API, which provides an interface between Facebook and apps that can integrate with a group,” it added.

Facebook is facing scrutiny after personal data of 87 million users were harvested by UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine as a result of the breach.

According to the company, the apps designed to make it easier for group admins to manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos to their groups.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

“For example, if a business managed a large community consisting of many members across multiple groups, they could use a social media management app to provide customer service, including customized responses, at scale.”

“But while this access provided benefits to people and groups on Facebook, we made the decision to remove it and are following through on that approach,” said Facebook.

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According to Facebook’s director of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, the new framework under their agreement with the FTC means more accountability and transparency into how it builds and maintains products.

“As we continue to work through this process we expect to find more examples of where we can improve, either through our products or changing how data is accessed. We are committed to this work and supporting the people on our platform,” said the company. (IANS)