The Internet was abuzz Tuesday with people looking for ways to delete one of the most popular apps in circulation, the Houseparty video chat app.
The tools to get rid of your account are hidden (don’t worry, we’ll show you how to do it), and the reason people are looking for ways to shed the app is over privacy and hacking concerns, a charge Houseparty is disputing.
First off, Houseparty says all accounts are safe. “The service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites.”
However, it adds that it’s “investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty,” the app announced on Twitter. Houseparty, which is owned by Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, is offering a $1-million reward “to the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign.”
Houseparty has experienced a huge boost in usage from the coronavirus lockdowns. The app is currently No. 3 on the Apple iOS app chart, and No. 7 on Google Play.
And now, tweets are showing up from people with few followers warning people of being hacked. One tweet accused Houseparty users of being able to take the credentials, log into your Spotify account from Russia and get into your bank account.
The tweet looks similar to the ones that appeared last week that hacked a New York journalist’s Twitter account, offering toilet paper for sale on a bare-bones website.
Still, if concerned about Houseparty, here’s how to delete your account.
Click account tab at the top left of the screen
Click Settings tab
Click Delete Account
Houseparty will warn you not to do it, saying doing so will mean you’ll never get your account back. But you can always get another one.
We reached out to Houseparty for comment beyond its Twitter statements but didn’t get a reply.
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