Looking through the Windows Phone Store today will alert you to the fact that there doesn't appear to be unofficial Snapchat apps available for consumers to download. 6snap, arguably one of the most popular third-party apps for Windows Phone, has also disappeared. The developer, Rudy Huyn, took to Twitter to confirm that the app (among others) have indeed been pulled.
6snap has disappeared as well as all snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince snapchat to change its mind6snap has disappeared as well as all snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince snapchat to change its mind— Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) December 20, 2014December 20, 2014
It was only last month when we covered the service beginning to clamp down on third-party apps, sending out emails to users who have been utilizing said portals and threatening permanent account lock should they continue doing so. It's a strange move by Snapchat, should the removal of third-party apps be down to a case of request, since the service currently does not offer an official app of its own.
For now, you'll be unable to download 6snap or other third-party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone Store. Also, we've received reports from readers that Snapchat have indeed acted on their earlier threats by locking their accounts due to using third-party software.
We'll update you all with more details as we get them.
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