Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from Windows Phone Store

22 Dec 2014

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Photo-messaging service Snapchat has been actively urging users to stay away from third-party apps after recent security breaches and it would appear Microsoft has joined the company in the crusade.

As reported by Windows Central, all unofficial Snapchat apps have been removed from Microsoft’s Windows App Store.

Last month, Snapchat began notifying users when a third-party app has been detected on their device before requesting they change their password and cease using the unauthorised service.

The new measures were introduced after hundreds of thousands of images were posted online in a leak dubbed ‘The Snappening’. Hackers obtained the pictures by targeting the website Snapsaved.com, a third-party service that allowed the app to be used on a desktop computer.

“We’ve enjoyed some of the ways that developers have tried to make Snapchat better,” the company wrote in a November blog post. “Unfortunately, some developers build services that trick Snapchatters and compromise their accounts.”

Among the apps to be removed from the Windows App Store is 6snap, with developer Rudy Huyn confirming the news via Twitter. Huyn also bemoaned the move, asking the question “if you want to prevent users to use third-party apps, is it better to secure your service or to ban YOUR users?”

Photo messaging image via Shutterstock

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