Monthly Archives: May 2019

Snapchat: The Delete People

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A social network that allows you to do what you want, when you want, and to do it without your identity being shared. Which means only one thing, criminals will, and are running amuck through this paradise.

Snapchat by default deletes any snaps or chats after their servers detect that it has been opened by all recipients within twenty-four hours. Other things, such as stories or location data, are kept up to forty days. All details were found on Snapchats privacy policy, which can be found on their website.

Personally, I have stopped using Snapchat due to its delete policies, and how it’s bombarded with pornography for the most part. Call me a pessimist, but I like a platform where I know what has been sent and where it has come from. There are many people hidden within that network who have intentions to act upon behaviours outside the normal day-to-day and know with a high percentage of certainty that they will not be caught; unless the person takes a screenshot of course.

Let’s make an example. A young girl of say thirteen (which is their minimum age limit), and she is then sent a Snapchat from someone who has the intentions of grooming her. Each chat and snap will be deleted, and at this point, no one will have a clue as to what is going on because there is no paper trail.

Parents have a role to play in this also to regulate what the child is doing, but in many cases, this is hard to enforce as children they will feel like the parents are prying into their privacy. Also, dependant on who they are talking to will also determine whether they want you to know about whom they are communicating with via these apps.

Snapchat also needs to put in procedures to safeguard users against any criminal activities, whether this is grooming, scamming, hate, or whatever it may be. They currently have reporting features which do allow users to report something that is within expiry periods, but after it’s gone, you are pretty much out of luck as (according to their policies) it has been deleted from their servers; your only hope is by taking screenshots, but that informs the other recipient that you have performed this action.

Things need to change within their systems, whether that be age limit increases, identity verfication for real information and not just two-step, better detection for flagging different behaviours, and extended expiry times for chats or snaps which would mean data is kept for a more prolonged period, but it would allow a better background for reporting any account.

Even though I do have a Snapchat account (which is never logged in on any device), it was opened primarily to get the desired username, and it would prevent anyone from impersonating me on this platform.

Until they change the policies, I will continue to abstain from using their service. Believe me, when I say this, I can live without the funny faces and voice changers, and on a serious note, I can live without being on a social network that hides things.

Snapchats Privacy Policy

Life’s Card Game

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This blog is somewhat a mix of thoughts, moans, and somewhere in between, there is a mix of aspirations deep at its core beyond these ramblings.

I often find myself wondering what life would be like if things were different, maybe I’d be in better places, or even have a better experience.
Who knows, right? Perhaps we are all dealt different cards in life to mix it up a bit, after all, not all of us can be in the same field of interest, and nor can we be the same as one another because that would make life a complete drag. But, I guess the critical thing here is that we are not all alike, and in the end, we will all excel in some way, and that’s even if life doesn’t go the way you envisioned it.

My goals in life are simple, find something you like and stick to it. Even though in hindsight, I should have stopped myself after the third hobby because trying to remember everything these days is becoming a task in itself.

When I was about sixteen, I would think of things that I wanted to do after the school years came to an end. Obviously, you grow up with an idea of what you want to do in earlier years, but that is through the eyes of pre-adolescent imagination. At this point, all they know about is Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and The Tooth Fairy. It isn’t focused on how they are going to make a difference to this world. And I am no exception from this. As I grew up, my life was focused a lot on computer technology, and in some ways shaped who I am. I use technology every day, and it makes everything more accessible, it’s like that central point that glues it all together.

I’ve dabbled into many things authoring, programming, web design, computer repair, podcasting, music production, and even making YouTube videos. And in their own little ways, they have all given me somewhat of a success. Which seems backwards considering my background. I was a school drop out at fifteen and a half with a list of failed GCSE’s, minus the French A star that I got without attending the exam, and neither knowing more than old Del Boy and his backwards Citreon manual. If you don’t get the reference, I would suggest doing a Google Search for “Del Boy Citreon Manual.”

I have also faced many limitations due to birth issues because of Cerebral Palsy being lovingly placed upon me. Not a big deal, but it sure has its moments. People always say that what we lack in physical ability, we then gain in mental capacity. Sometimes I think I am the smartest person going, that is until you are sat there dribbling down your own shirt and not knowing how to count to three. True story, I wish it wasn’t.

But, despite all this, I have been able to lead a tolerable life. It may not be the best, but it certainly isn’t the worst. Even though I wish things were more comfortable, especially for the hobbies that I want people to remember me for in years to come. Life’s success isn’t measured in silly numbers, it is in fact, regulated by the legacy you lead and the morals you teach to others throughout your time on this planet.

One day, it is my dream to make everyone proud of what I have ensured to be my own success, whether that be hobbies, a great partner, or even a faithful family man. But, I know one thing, it will be because of the core values instilled to me by my parents, and in which, even though not said very often, I genuinely thank them for it. I also thank them for believing in me when life kicks me in the crouch and when their help gets me through the clouded moments.

As you can see, this indeed has turned into a ramble, and somewhere in this, you will find comfort or even humour as I fail to get my core message across. Having a learning disability certainly does this to a person, but I fight through it with a few words and a Grammarly subscription that promptly tells me when I have messed up. But, if you missed the point of this, it was simple.

Live life the best you can no matter what cards you are dealt, for its not the cards that are the problem, it’s how you play them.


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