Edward Snowden hates Google’s new messaging service

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Not only is Google‘s latest chat app a disappointing and poor excuse for a free messaging service, but the tech giant backtracked on a promise to not store your conversations upon its debut.

Former NSA contractor, whistleblower, Oliver Stone muse, and current Russian stowaway Edward Snowden took to Twitter this week to send a clear message: “Don’t use Allo.” He got in a nice zinger too, calling the service “Google Surveillance.” 

Writes the Next Web: “Google backed off of the previously announced privacy feature and opted to store all non-Incognito messages by default. This is a complete 180 from its original plan and it never formally announced the change. In fact, we only found out after Allo’s public launch.” 

Better yet, writes the Dot’s Mike Wehner: “It also totally sucks, and there’s virtually no reason to even consider using it.” 

Back to sending stickers and memes to your fantasy football thread on Facebook Messenger then—as you were.

H/T the Next Web

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.