In wake of "The Snappening," a recent hack of the mobile app Snapchat where 200,000 nude photos of Snapchat's members were released on the website 4Chan, UCF is dealing with a nude-revealing social media problem of its own.
On Oct. 17, an account on Snapchat was created called "ucfnudes", which posted revealing photos and videos of what were insinuated to be UCF students and that same day a Twitter account was created under the same name. On Oct. 18, a Reddit thread was created by a member who claimed to be the creator of the ucfnudes Snapchat.
On Oct. 20, the ucfnudes Snapchat account disappeared, but other accounts are still active.
A Snapchat representative said the company take matters like this very seriously and are investigating the ucfnudes account.
The Central Florida Future was unable to confirm whether the images were submissions or obtained through unethical methods, but conversations on Twitter have shown that at least one individual willingly submitted to the ucfnudes Snapchat.
Director of Victim Services at UCF Christine Mouton emphasized that although some social media platforms claim anonymity and security of images, once they are out there for public record they are hard to get back.
"It's a personal choice and they have a right if they are of age to [post those images], but they should understand that even though they may have every right to use it how they want, depending on where they send it, you don't know how many other programs vendors may use or how many people may copy and paste it to somewhere else," Mouton said.
Although the individuals in the images and videos may be consenting adults, the difficulty lies in the permanency of public forum and the Internet. Whether you like it or not, anonymity is never a promise when dealing with technology, she said.
UCF public information officer Courtney Gimartin encouraged students to be responsible with what they post on social media, online profiles or other apps.
"October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it's a good time to reflect on how you represent yourself online and protect your confidential information," Gilmartin saidn. "Ultimately, if you don't want the world to see your content, you shouldn't share it through social media. If you're disclosing personal information, such as your social security number, credit card information, etc., online, it should be done through legitimate, secure and password-protected sites."
Freshman Julie Taylor said she believed people weren't thinking about the repercussions.
"Most people who post that kind of stuff online don't really care — at least they think they don't care until something bad happens," Taylor said. "If UCF found out that some student getting a scholarship or something was on there they could see them as not being very serious or not taking themselves very seriously — and same goes for a job."