Snapchat says sorry for getting hacked, updates app with phone number opt-out

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4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were exposed when Snapchat got hacked last month, but the company is just getting around to issuing an apology of sorts now. According to the company’s Thursday blog post:

Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. We are sorry for any problems this issue [the security breach] may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.

I wouldn’t call that the sincerest apology, but at least it’s an acknowledgment. More importantly, though, is that Snapchat has also released an update to its Android and iOS apps that allows you to opt-out of linking your phone number with your username. All you have to do is install the update and go to Settings > Mobile #.

The updates also requires new users to verify their phone numbers before they can use Find Friends. Speaking of which, Find Friends functionality has been improved as well.

I’d still be careful with what you choose to share, but if you use the app, you should download the update from Apple’s App Store or Google Play ASAP.

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