HUNTSVILLE, AL- Over the weekend, popular photo messaging app Snapchat updated its terms of service, stating that it now owns all photos shared on its platform. The internet quickly erupted with outraged users worried about their privacy.
However, attorney George Flowers says this shouldn't come as a surprise to social media users.
"It's very true, when you publish these things you are putting them out there to the public and you are putting them out there forever for the public," said Flowers.
Flowers says companies often update security policies to protect themselves.
"This very clearly is a liability issue, probably at some point these photographs or videos were captured and used and someone was trying to say Snapchat violated their terms," said Flowers.
After uproar online from Snapchat users who worried about their snaps no longer being private, the company clarified in a blog post; ensuring snaps will remain private unless posted to the "live story" feature-- where users send snaps directly to the Snapchat team and snap chatters around the world.
Flowers says this is a good reminder, you can't be certain anything you post on the internet will ever really go away forever.
"I think anyone would be very naive to believe they are gone for eternity, I'm sure there are apps to preserve the Snapchat," said Flowers.