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Bess Feedback 2017

For Blue Star:

  • Genre. This article looks really good. But there are some tone issues. Not all the analysis reads in a wiki-appropriate voice. Example, from the lead:
This fact, especially when coupled with one's knowledge of the previous security breaches at Snapchat, or of the platform's ongoing battle with third-party applications (some of which allow users to access others' already-expired 'Snaps'), surely sparks ethical worries within many.

This reads as persuasive writing, rather than encyclopedic. (Note also that this is a very looooong sentence. We can tighten up some of the writing here.)

  • Lead: This is a loooooong lead. can we tighten this up?

I can make these changes. Chase


(These notes have been taken care of).

  • The Lead paragraph does not address ethical implications discussed below.
  • Currently this article is organized into Lead, History, Features, and Ethical Implications. Are there specific incidents or case studies that could give the reader a better sense of how this technology has had a social impact (with ethical implications)?

On the SnapChat Discover section:

  • Should this section be moved under Features?
  • Is the list of discover channels comprehensive? Is it valuable? Is it necessary?
  • Does the information provided in this section describe the broad significance of this feature?

Previous Input (2016 or before)

This article is definitely heading in the right direction. The body of the article is well structured. The ethical implications are in an emergent state. A "controversies" section might help put various issues on the table separate from the discussion of ethical implications, which can be more generic. The lead paragraph does not allude to either ethical issues or controversies. There are some rough phrasings that could be edited into classic wiki text. "encourage users not to take screenshots" could be discourage users from taking screenshots" for example. A good first draft in need of polishing and expansion.

Misc info that could be added back at some point

Comparison of Facebook to Snapchat and persistence of information can probably be added to ethics section somewhere:

In January of 2014, Mark Zuckerberg gave a tech talk at Stanford University where he discussed Snapchat and Privacy. Zuckerberg compared the two natures of Facebook and Snapchat in terms of the preservation of content. He explained, "I think Snapchat is a super interesting privacy phenomenon because it creates a new kind of space to communicate which makes it so that things that people previously would not have been able to share, you now feel like you have a place to do so.

And I think that’s really important and that’s a big kind of innovation that we’re going to keep pushing on and keep trying to do more on and I think a lot of other companies will, too."[1]

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Tanya: I wrote the "My Eyes Only" paragraph, but was unable to add in the citations, because the page locked while I was formatting the citation, so I've added in the citation here in the paragraph:

"My Eyes Only" Feature

Given the app's ephemeral quality, it has provided individuals an avenue to send intimate images to others. However, features such as screenshots, which allows users to store images and/or repost them, does not completely protect the privacy of those who would not want their images shared with or seen by others. As a remedy to this privacy concern, Snapchat Inc. rolled out their "Snapchat Memories" feature, which allows users to save their own stories and images onto the app to access at a later date[2]. The Memories feature also integrated a private folder called "My Eyes Only," which also allows users to save images they posted on the app, but locks them in an area that is passcode protected[2]. Apart from ephemerality, "My Eyes Only" adds an extra layer of protection to images shared on the application that are more personal and intimate to users[2]. Additionally, if an individual is unable to remember their "My Eyes Only" passcode, they are unable to access the folder in its current state. The passcode is unknown to Snapchat Inc. as well; users must reset their passcode and reset their "My Eyes Only" feature, losing all of their previous saved photos and videos[2].
  1. Constine, Josh, Zuckerberg calls Snapchat a 'Privacy Phenomenon'
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Larocca, C. (2016, July 06). What Is The Snapchat Memories "My Eyes Only" Feature? Here's What You Need To Know. Retrieved April 23, 2017, from