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SnapChat Fans Send 150 Million Disappearing Pix a Day

April 16, 2013

Users of the self-destroying messaging app SnapChat now send more than 150 million photographs per day, the site's founder said Tuesday.

The figures cited by Evan Spiegel at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York would make the newcomer one of the most popular photo-sharing apps on the web, where Facebook-owned Instagram currently boasts of 40 million photos shared per day.

The Snapchat service, which only launched in September 2011, allows users to send images, text or video with a specified time limit of up to 10 seconds for the recipient to view the message before it's wiped out.

While the app gained a reputation for sexting, Snapchat founder Spiegel said the vast majority of messages are more innocent of nature.

"With 150 million images a day, it's possible some of them are like that," Spiegel said. But Spiegel noted that traffic on the site slows down after 11 pm which is when you would expect more racy pics to be send.

"I don't think it's a great tool for sexting," he added, explaining that the service allows recipients to make screenshots of whatever they receive. "It's not a great way to send inappropriate content."

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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