SnapchatSnapchat, a messaging services that provides quick text and photo messages that disappear after viewing rather than store themselves on the user’s phone, has turned down Facebook in an offer for acquisition of more than $3 billion.

The app has been gaining a great deal of traction for its privacy features. The messages sent only remain on the screen long enough to be read by the user, and then disappear. A screencap can be taken to save it, if the user chooses.

Teenagers in particular have been using this service to send messages to and from friends and avoid the risk of it being seen by those who pick up their phone. Recently, they added a new feature that allows the user to string together multiple messages and photos into a “Snapstory” to send selected members on their contact list.

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