Snapchat Discover exposes minors to “harmful, offensive, prurient and sexually offensive content”, a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in California, accusing the popular messaging app.
Snapchat showing sexually explicit content to minors without providing the proper warning. The company offers “profoundly sexual and offensive” material to children.
Snapchat Discover launched in Jan 2015 “to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.” the company said. Sources like CNN, Yahoo, Vice, ESPN and even Snapchat’s own fledgling editorial team.
The suit was initiated by a mother and her 14-year-old son who came across several X-rated posts on the app’s Discover section. The court documents named articles such “10 Things He Thinks When He Can’t Make You Orgasm” ; “I Got High, Blown, and Robbed When I Was A Pizza Delivery Guy”.
One article by BuzzFeed entitled “23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You’ve Ever Had Sex With A Penis” used “an image of two dolls having sex with a puppy in the background” with explicit captions, the lawsuit reads.
The complaint also says “While adults should be free to consume any of this material, and may themselves find it to be humorous and witty, the fact that Snapchat does not differentiate content offered to its minor users and adult users is problematic, and ultimately a violation of Federal and State consumer law.”
The company spokesperson said in a statement: “We haven’t been served with a complaint in this lawsuit, but we are sorry if people were offended. Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support.”
The Verge citing sources say the company oversees the look and feel of stories that the section pushes to users.
You can read the whole lawsuit below, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter
Source: The Wrap