Conversations on Snapchat delete by default to reflect real-life conversations. Before social media, our fun, spontaneous, and silly interactions with friends only lived on in our memories! Snapchat is designed to mirror that dynamic, to help people feel comfortable expressing themselves without feeling pressure or judgment.
It’s important to know that even though conversations on Snapchat delete by default, we can retain data while we review reports of harmful content from teens and parents. In some cases, this includes referring an incident to law enforcement. In case authorities want to follow up, we retain this data for an even longer period of time, and we work with law enforcement to help bring offenders to justice.
Helpful to know! Snaps and Chats may delete by default, but anyone can screen grab anything off of a computer or phone screen without a person’s consent. As with sharing anything online, it’s important to be really careful about requesting or sending anyone – even a partner or close friend – private or sensitive images and information.