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Snapchat to let users control third-party apps

Amid speculations about how much data Snap would let third parties access, a Snap spokesperson told Engadget that the company doesn't share user-identifiable information with advertisers

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Snapchat Rolling Out New Redesign for Its iOS Users.
Snapchat Rolling Out New Redesign for Its iOS Users. IANS
  • Snapchat is working on a new feature
  • This feature will allow users to control third-party apps
  • Users can now control whether they want third-party apps to access their data or not

Snap Inc — the parent company of popular photo-sharing app Snapchat — is reportedly working on a new feature that will let users control which third-party apps will have access to their accounts, the media reported.

The latest beta version of Snapchat has a new feature category called “Connected Apps” whose description read: “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.”

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You can connect many apps with like Facebook, Twitter, etc.with the app. IANS

“This section could very well soon show what third-party apps users have connected directly to their Snapchat account. Snap currently allows this with Bitmoji, an app for creating cartoon versions of yourself which Snapchat bought in 2016,” Mashable reported late Wednesday.

“This update could help Snapchat become its own app ecosystem, not unlike Facebook, Google and Twitter. All three of those companies allow for log-in on other third-party networks,” the report added.

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Amid speculations about how much data Snap would let third parties access, a Snap spokesperson told Engadget that the company doesn’t share user-identifiable information with advertisers. This comes at a time when Facebook users are uninstalling apps they got connected with long ago via “Facebook log-in” after the social media platform was hit by a major data scandal.

The "Remove the new Snapchat update" petition, which is hosted on Change.org, was authored by Australian user Nic Rumsey, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. IANS
This will help users take care of their privacies. IANS

“Snap doesn’t offer a service similar to Facebook’s Graph API or share friend network information with third parties, which is what enabled the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Those policies, and the company’s approach to privacy, won’t change,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Engadget. IANS

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Google’s Censored China Search Engine Project Triggers Protests

Several Google employees, including former Senior Scientist Jack Poulson, resigned in September, citing lack of corporate transparency in the wake of the censored search engine project

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google’s offices in the US, UK, Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark witnessed renewed protests by human rights groups over its plan to re-enter China through a censored search application code-named “Project Dragonfly”.

The demonstrations were organised by coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and human rights groups outside the tech giant’s offices. The Tibetan advocacy groups that were protesting included Free Tibet and the International Tibet Network.

“They fear that a censored search engine would lead to further oppression of the Tibetans, as filtered searches would erase terms such as ‘Tibet’ and ‘Tiananmen Square’ in line with the official narrative of the Chinese Communist Party,” the Business Insider reported late on Friday.

The same concerns apply to the Chinese citizens, including other oppressed minorities such as Uighur Muslims and Southern Mongolian people, the report added.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The Internet giant designed a censored version for China search engine to blacklist information about human rights, democracy, peaceful protest, and religion in accordance with strict rules on censorship in the country that are enforced by its Communist Party government.

The dispute began in August 2018 when reports surfaced that Google staffers working on “Project Dragonfly” had been using a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for the censored search engine, which was designed to block out broad categories of information related to democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest, according to The Intercept.

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Several Google employees, including former Senior Scientist Jack Poulson, resigned in September, citing lack of corporate transparency in the wake of the censored search engine project.

In December, Google was forced to shut down a data analysis system that it was using to develop the search engine and the teams working on “Project Dragonfly” stopped gathering search queries from mainland China. (IANS)