Snapchat's lawyers send threatening letter to Huyn over new 6discover app
Well, that did not take long. Snapchat's legal team has sent developer Rudy Huyn a letter accusing him of "violation of federal and state law" for reproducing the Snapchat "Discover" content. The missive comes just 24-hours after the release of 6discover, a new, free app that pulls the Snapchat Discover content and bypassing Snapchat's official app feature.
The issue appears to be about money, ultimately. Discover is a way for companies to produce and distribute content through Snapchat. Companies like Comedy Central, Vice, and CNN pay Snapchat for this privilege, in essence making it an advertising platform.
The problem is, 6discover pulls the content but does not return on the analytics. Therefore, Snapchat cannot count the Windows Phone app views in their data sent back to their customers – those media conglomerates mentioned above – and charge them appropriately.
Considering Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel does not think Windows Phone worthy enough of a Snapchat app due to little market share it is rather ironic to point out that 6discover could hurt them in any way.
For his part, Huyn has responded on Twitter (and presumably in writing) to Snapchat noting "we can work together on Analytics to include #windowsphone users to your stats and improve Discover visibility". He also tweets that his app has no privacy or security issues, making the problem even more trivial.
However, it is doubtful Snapchat will take him up on his offer.
For now, it is unclear if the app will be removed or where things go from here. One thing is certain, Snapchat as a company, while legally correct, is taking a very aggressive attitude against Windows Phone users. A position that could be attenuated simply making an official Snapchat app for Windows Phone, something for which Huyn has offered to do in the past.
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Would be fun to tell people. Microsoft bought snapchat's arrogance. XD
They must be observing WP very much to notice!
He is such a spugel sounds better
Snap chat hates WP Now we know!
What we didn't know is that they HATE RUDY too.
Now we know too!
That said, what do you propose for a campaign?
Lol I just made one person to stop using snapchat XD
Edit: I read your comment further below, it appears you weren't telling me to eff off but meant so towards snapchat. Maybe? :|
Secondly, that CEO just owns one single app and guess what he has no sense of business strategies. He should learn from WhatsApp or Microsoft who believe in porting their apps to all ecosystem and thus increasing their user base and revenue. Also, WhatsApp never underestimated or ignored WP users besides of being such a huge organization (now owned by FB). I hope that clarifies!
Looks like an underwear.
So apparently revenue isn't the determining factor in Snapchat's decision to snub all window's phone users. And what a diminutive response from this peckerwood. As if they have trolls scouring the windows platform to ensure their precious services aren't being used on a windows phone.
I don't even use their service. However, I'm downloading this app just to make sure this one windows phone user whom won't be a source of revenue this elitist twit will be seeing.
Get bent, Snapchat!
Just last night I snapchatted him well the Snapchat team about those emails that were leaked and his attitude towards women and how it fit in with him compromising with Saudi Arabia in that both think that women are only property and now this, breaking federal and state law my arse. I might quit Snapchat, horrible developer. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
1.) We need official apps to draw people; we need people to buy WP to draw official app attention. Stalemated there. They already have these apps on other phones, so even if they do make a Win10 app, that's no guarantee they'll switch phones.
2.) Better/More Advertising! You can't swing a dead cat without seeing an Apple Or Samsung commercial. And in the stores, they tend to draw people away from WP by dissing it.
3.) Better/More features than other OSes. People aren't going to switch for a level or lower playing field. They need to be more innovative and stop playing catch up.
All of us can say good bye snap chat