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Do Snapchat pictures really self-destruct?

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The idea behind the social media application Snapchat is that in a few seconds after you snap a picture, it's supposed to self-destruct. Josh Boehm uses the app on his Android.

"You know, I don't send that risqué of a picture, but, you know, if I'm trying to make my friend laugh, you know, I can send something really stupid, and he gets it for two seconds or whatever and then it's gone," Boehm said.

He said he understands the picture may be somewhere in tech land, but it doesn't stop him from sharing Snapchat pictures.

"It's the instantaneous thing where you can't just look at it over and over and over again," Boehm said.

Taylor Roberson doesn't use it, though, but some of her friends do.

"It has to go somewhere, the picture, so you never really know where," Roberson said.

And that's why she's careful when she takes and sends pictures.

"That's crazy to think that it's going to disappear," Roberson said.

A digital forensics examiner researched the app and said when using Androids, he found that Snapchat doesn't delete pictures but just buries them inside the device.

"Your phone is still a vulnerable piece of technology that people can access those photos," Deveren Werne said.

He's an IT consultant with Liquid Video Technologies in Easley.

"You're sending a photo, you don't know whether it's going directly to that person's phone or if it's hitting Snapchat's server or how many servers it's bouncing off of before it gets to that phone," Werne said.

He said a hard drive also records pictures, and depending on how the app is programmed, those pictures could resurface.

"Don't do it. It's not worth it because it will come back to haunt you," Werne said.

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