A press release from Snapchat just announced the company's plan to add video to the probably-about-sexting app for teens:
As Snapchat explodes in popularity — more than 50 million images are being sent every day, and the company recently raised at least $8 million in backing — CEO Evan Spiegel appears to be just as delightfully and willfully averse to acknowledging his app's connection to sexting as ever, telling GigaOm: “Video for Snapchat is really going to double underline what we’re all about. You get to share these really raw, really engaging moments. It’s such a crazy, powerful medium. Because it’s totally okay to be yourself and hear how awkward you are.”
The update does, however, include a "friending" mechanism, wherein users have to accept friend requests from each other before being able to send each other snaps (whether pictures or, now, videos) — previously, users could send snaps to random usernames. Still, the app remains insecure as ever, even among friends (and the only thing worse than a motionless sext is a moving, audible one), but Spiegel is acknowledging as much: "We don’t want to get into an arms race with really clever people. Which is why we’re not advocating ourselves as a secure platform. We’re not for like, CIA documents,” he told GigaOm. Yessss. All those CIA documents lying around sexily, waiting to be Snapped.