In the Snapchat community guidelines, among the rules of engagement is one of particular concern for brands and organizations who may not have been quick enough to grab their usernames:
Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not—including celebrities, brands, or other organizations.
What is username squatting or impersonation? It’s when someone makes an account with your brand/organization name and can either remain dormant (likely because they want payment) or they can wreak havoc with conduct unbecoming.
Despite offering a cautionary note to those who violate the rules:
If you violate these rules, we may remove the offending content or terminate your account. If your account is terminated, you won’t be allowed to use Snapchat again.
It looks like some brands and organizations are having a difficult time getting their usernames back from Snapchat squatters.
Here are some troubleshooting ideas:
Please note that if an account has had no updates, no profile image, and there is no intent to mislead, it typically means there’s no name-squatting or impersonation. Note that we will not release squatted usernames except in cases of trademark infringement. If your report involves trademark infringement, please consult those policies for instructions for reporting these accounts.
Attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for usernames are also violations and may result in permanent account suspension.
***This article will be updated as Snapchats username squatting rules evolve!