This whole brouhaha began back in April, when rapper B.o.B lit a match on Twitter when he suggested that Snapchat was using its facial-recognition technology to build a database of users' faces. This coming from a guy who, just a few months earlier, insisted that the world is flat, and even got into a Twitter fight with Neil deGrasse Tyson about it. The good people of Twitter were quick to shoot him down on this theory, too, rampantly mocking him and even suggesting he may be mentally ill.
OK, but guys, what if? What if Snapchat is creating a database of all our embarrassing-ass selfies and then selling it to a third party, like, oh I don't know, the GOVERNMENT?!?
As it turns out, Mr. o.B (real name: Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) wasn't actually the first person to have this curious query. On September 23rd of last year, Reddit user WtfVegas702 raised some red flags about the then-new feature: