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  • New app deletes  photos 30 seconds after you send them…
  • But  quick-fingered iPhone users could still manage to hang on to  them

By Ruth Styles

PUBLISHED:06:30 EST, 5  November 2012| UPDATED:07:31 EST, 5 November 2012


If you have ever been embarrassed by an  unflattering or too revealing picture posted online, Snapchat, a new iPhone app,  could be the answer to your prayers. Enter: the self-destructing  photograph.

Snapchat was born after two undergraduates at  the American university, Stanford, noticed their friends frantically deleting  incriminating or unsuitable photos from their Facebook accounts just before  going on a job interview or on a date.

Their app allows users to take a photo and  send it to friends, but the recipient can only look at the photo for a few  seconds before it self-destructs – leaving no digital trace.

Humiliated: U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner sent lewd pictures of himself to a 21-year-old student via Twitter. Unfortunately, he also managed to tweet them to everyone else too. 

He needs Snapchat! U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner sent  lewd pictures of himself to a 21-year-old student via Twitter. Unfortunately, he  also managed to tweet them to everyone else too.

The app could also come to the rescue of the  many celebs caught out by the sexting trend, which has seen the likes of Rihanna  and Democratic Congressman, Anthony Weiner, reveal much more than expected to  the public.

Other celebrities who probably wish they had  Snapchat include Twilight actress Ashley Greene, whose topless photos were  splashed across the internet when her email inbox was hacked, Scarlett  Johansson, Blake Lively and Vanessa Hudgens.

Even Prince Harry was left red-faced, after a  fellow party-goer snapped him in the nude during a game of strip billiards  earlier this year.

But if you’re hoping Snapchat is the answer  to all of your pictorial woes, be warned: there’s a glitch.

Unscientific testing conducted by the Daily  Mail revealed that fast-fingered iPhone users can save a screen grab of the  image before it self-destructs, so long as they’re within the time limit set by  the sender.

Perhaps it might be better to think twice  before sending that risque text after all….

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