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Snapchat Will Let Users Update their Username From February 23rd

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Snapchat Will Let Users Update their Username From February 23rd


Snapchat is finally releasing one of its most requested updates – the capacity to change your username in the app, without any impact on your friends’ list, Snap code, Snap score, Memories, etc. 

As you can see in this sequence, as of February 23rd, all Snapchatters, on iOS and Android, will be able to update their username, which will be welcome news for many.

Because while calling yourself ‘LadiesMan23’ may have been funny when you were 15, it’s probably less so now. And while you’ve always been able to update your display name, your account username has been set in stone from the beginning, which, in some cases, is a less than ideal set-up.

So you can finally ditch the old ‘Fartfacekilla’ and ‘SexyMan69’ tags and become a more mature, responsible Snapchat user.

The only proviso is that users won’t be able to switch to usernames that have already been used. You’ll also only be able to change your username once per year – though I suspect that’s probably less of a consideration, as the people who really want this feature are those who have awkward, dated names that they’re keen to shed.

So maybe you’ll suddenly see a return of your old friends to Snap, now that they can post without those embarrassing tags, and you might suddenly get some new contacts and connection requests from long lost jokesters.

It could actually be a key update as Snapchatters grow up.

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To update your Snapchat Username (from February 23rd)

  1. Tap the Bitmoji icon in the top left corner of the Camera to head to the profile screen
  2. Select ‘Settings’ by tapping on the gear icon in the top right corner of the profile
  3. Tap ‘Username’, just below ‘Name’, and select ‘Change Username’ marked in blue
  4. You then click ‘Continue’ on the pop up reminding that Usernames can only be changed once per year
  5. Type in a new Username, and hit ‘Next’



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UK eyes big TikTok fine over child privacy lapse

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Britain on Monday warned it could fine TikTok £27 million ($29 million) over a potential failure to protect children’s privacy on the Chinese-owned video app.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said the social media company “may have processed the data of children under the age of 13 without appropriate parental consent”.

The ICO also found that the short-form video platform may have “failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent and easily understood way”.

The watchdog has served the group with a notice of intent — which is a legal document that precedes a possible fine — over the possible breach of UK data protection law.

“We all want children to be able to learn and experience the digital world, but with proper data privacy protections,” said Information Commissioner John Edwards.

“Companies providing digital services have a legal duty to put those protections in place, but our provisional view is that TikTok fell short of meeting that requirement.”

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In response, TikTok said it disagreed with the ICO’s provisional views and stressed that no final conclusions had been reached.

“While we respect the ICO’s role in safeguarding privacy in the UK, we disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally respond to the ICO in due course,” TikTok said in a statement.

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