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Snapchat: Sorry for All the Spam

Claims it's unrelated to holiday hack

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The more the Internet changes—with services like Snapchat—the more it stays the same, with nuisances like spam.

The Snapchat team, headed by Evan Spiegel, acknowledged a wave of spam that is annoying users of the photo-sharing service. Snapchatters, including one user at Valleywag, have been receiving photo messages with classic spam messages for weight loss or increasing the size of certain body parts.

The Snapchat spam is widespread enough that the company had to issue a post about it today, and the recipients of the unwanted Snapchats are venting on Twitter.

“I'm confused. How the hell did I just get a spam Snapchat?” one Twitter user said.

The company addressed it with an apology and tips on how to minimize the problem.

“We’ve heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service,” the company said in its blog post. “We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue.”

The spam follows a holiday hack and leak that exposed the user names and numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users. There have been warnings that the list could be used for mass spamming on the network.

Snapchat said: “As far as we know, this is unrelated to the Find Friends issue we experienced over the holidays.”

They advised users to switch their setting to allow “only my friends” to share photos.

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