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'Snapchat' Being Sued for Not Managing the App's Content that could be Unsuitable to Minors

By Marion , Jul 11, 2016 09:22 AM EDT
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Snapchat is one of the top social media apps used by the people in today. As most people know, Snapchat is an app that can be downloaded to a person's iphone or any android phone and allows the users to post pictures or videos that will automatically be deleted 24 hours later.

Last Thursday, a lawsuit against Snapchat Inc. was made public on the grounds of the app's section "Snapchat Discover" which allows publishers to promote their magazines and the like. However, given that the market this app's getting, which is ranging from 13-17 yrs. old, this function is a lot more dangerous than the company has let on. According to BBC News, one example of its content that is dangerous to the young users is the ability for them to access certain articles from adult magazines such as "10 things he thinks when he can't make you orgasm." Such topics are clearly unfit to be read by young teenagers.

Now, Snapchat is being sued for exposing minors to harmful, offensive and sexually offensive content without warning. Known to all, most adult websites cannot be opened unless warned ahead of time that such content can only be viewed by people above 18 years old. However, Snapchat offers a wide range of information that should not be learned by kids as early as 12 or 13 yrs. old. As reported by Market Watch, a celebrity attorney Mark Geragos has filed the complaint against the app in behalf of a 14-year-old boy claiming that Snapchat is allowing publishers to share various contents that parents would definitely prohibit their kids from being informed of.

According to the lawsuit, "Snapchat exercises direct control over its editorial content and what is published". For now, there hasn't been a response yet from the Snapchat team.

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