I am an avid Snapchat user because I feel it is a brilliant way to stay in touch with my friends who are living in different cities and parts of the world. I have a bunch of friends I like to always keep up to date with through Snapchat. However, I make sure that it s only that bunch of friends who have my Snapchat ID, and to avoid attracting unnecessary and unwanted attention, I ensure not to share my Snapchat ID on any other social media platform or sync my Snapchat account with my other accounts. Also Read - Instagram is shutting down Snapchat-like Threads application by end of this yearAlso Read - Snapchat Map feature now comes with Memories and Explore layers: How they work
Regardless, a few weeks ago, I noticed a few add requests from random people I don t know. I thought it must be a coincidence that somebody looked up contacts and found mine by fluke. After that I noticed a sudden surge in the number of add requests that I was receiving from people I didn t know. Starting from one random request that I got one day, it had now increased to 3 to 4 Snapchat requests from strangers almost everyday. Also Read - How to send new Diwali 2021 AR Lenses, cameos, stickers, Bitmoji on Snapchat
Naturally, it irked me quite a bit. I tried everything to manage to delete these add requests, but Snapchat does not give you any option other than to add the person. I, of course, do not want to add a random person on my Snapchat.
Unless some body is on your list, Snapchat does not even allow you to block a person. So if you want to block a stranger, you d have to first add them to your list and then block them.
I looked up on the internet too to see if it s just me or it is happening to other people too. Surprisingly, there were many other people like me who were being spammed this way, but the only solution people wrote on question-answer forums like Yahoo Answers were that it is better off to just ignore these add requests. That does not seem like the best to way to deal with spams!
However, I found that a little change in the privacy settings has proved slightly helpful for now. Even though the spam requests haven t stopped entirely, but the frequency of these unwanted add requests have dropped considerably. On the app, tap on the Snapchat ghost in the middle of the screen, select the Settings wheel from the top right corner from the drop down. In Settings, under Who can select Contact me and change the option to My Friends. That way, only people you know are able to contact you and send requests.
Again, as mentioned earlier, if you have by chance added someone you don t know, or there are some random requests you want to entirely remove from your account, one way is to, first add then and then block the contact.
Nevertheless, this is a big loophole in the Snapchat app and it hasn t been addressed adequately by the owners of the app yet. While Snapchat is applying for patents to integrate object identifying algorithm in the app, there are some basic privacy settings it still needs to work on.
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