Snapchat confirmed in November that it would crack down on all third party apps, and now the ax has fallen on the Windows Phone app store, which no longer contains any third party apps as Windows Central reports. The company doesn’t have an official app for Windows Phone, so that means anyone who owns a phone running the Microsoft OS can’t download a Snapchat compatible app. Those that already have one are also having their accounts locked for using a third-party app. That’s another security measure that Snapchat promised last month to implement.
Looking through the Windows Phone Store today will alert you to the fact that there doesn’t appear to be unofficial Snapchat apps available for consumers to download. 6snap, arguably one of the most popular third-party apps for Windows Phone, has also disappeared. The developer, Rudy Huyn, took to Twitter to confirm that the app (among others) have indeed been pulled. It was only last month when we covered the service beginning to clamp down on third-party apps, sending out emails to users who have been utilizing said portals and threatening permanent account lock should they continue doing so. It’s a strange move by Snapchat, should the removal of third-party apps be down to a case of request, since the service currently does not offer an official app of its own. For now, you’ll be unable to download 6snap or other third-party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone Store. Also, we’ve received reports from readers that Snapchat have indeed acted on their earlier threats by locking their accounts due to using third-party software.