Snapchat was hacked last week, leading to the leak of around 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers, and today the social network rolled out an important update.
Hackers were able to access private data through the Find Friends feature, and users are now able to opt out of it.
From the Snapchat blog:
This morning we released a Snapchat update for Android and iOS that improves Find Friends functionality and allows Snapchatters to opt-out of linking their phone number with their username. This option is available in Settings > Mobile #.
This update also requires new Snapchatters to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends service.
Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.
The update is rolling out now on iOS and Android, and today is the first time that the social network has officially apologized.
Since the data leak, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has been criticized for appearing unapologetic, and ignoring concerns over its API potentially being exploited.