Snapchat asks new users to prove they’re not robotic spammers

Following Snapchat’s recent username leak and increases in “Snap spam,” the company today rolled out an interesting security measure to ensure that new users aren’t spambots. Upon signing up for the first time, Snapchat now displays a unique challenge-response test that asks you to “find the ghost” in various pictures. If you pick the photos with ghosts, you pass, but if you pick other photos (as a robot might), the app won’t allow you to sign up.

Today’s new security measures (alongside recent changes to its API that limit user requests) should go a long way towards curtailing future spam and hacks. The test amounts to a sophisticated CAPTCHA, but one not so easily foiled by machines. Until now, Snapchat only required that you type…

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