Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Nov. 2013
Status: False (see details below)
As shared on Facebook, Nov. 23, 2013:
BITSTRIPS APP IS SECRETLY NSA TROJAN HORSE TO ACCESS YOUR PRIVATE DATA
NOVEMBER 9, 2013 BY RJ BEAM
Bitstrips, the fun cartoon generation app growing in popularity on social media, is it turns out a Trojan horse from the NSA to tap your Facebook feed and cell phone. Edward Snowden in his most recent disclosure revealed the origin of the bitstrip program.
According to a statement from Snowden the NSA knew that someday their spying would be made public. They knew that people would respond by demanding more privacy settings. So in response the NSA set up a team to develop apps that will by pass privacy settings, in a legal way.
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Analysis: Bitstrips is a popular smartphone and social media app that enables users to create cartoon avatars and instant comic strips for online sharing.
What Bitstrips isn't is a covert spying tool developed by the NSA (National Security Agency) to spy on unsuspecting Americans. How do we know? For one thing, Bitstrips is a privately-held Canadian company based in Toronto. For another, the viral "news report" claiming Bitstrips is an NSA Trojan horse program originated on the satirical website CallTheCops.net, whose disclaimer reads: "Stories posted here are not real and you should not assume them to have any basis in any real fact."
Sources and further reading:
Bitstrips App Is Secretly NSA Trojan Horse to Access Your Private Data
CallTheCops.net, 9 November 2013
Bitstrips: Those Comic Strips on Facebook Explained
ABC News, 25 October 2013
Bitstrips Comics Explode Onto Facebook
Baltimore Sun, 29 April 2013
Company Overview of Bitstrips Inc.
Last updated 11/25/13