There is one thing to come across sexually offensive content while going through people’s timelines on instant messaging apps like Snapchat but a totally different thing if you find sexually offensive content in the Discover section. This is what happened when a 14-year-old boy in the US discovered sexually offensive content in the Discover section of Snapchat.
The Discover section in various instant messaging and social networking websites normally showcases content from partner websites and services that people might find useful, entertaining and informing. Snapchat to has a Discover section. In this section the 14-year-old boy in the US came across sexually offensive content on Snapchat.
According to the complaint, “Specifically, through Snapchat Discover, Snapchat is currently engaged in an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient, and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit content.”
The lawsuit alleges that the content on Snapchat violates the US Communications Decency Act.
The lawsuit text for the states, “Millions of parents in the United States today are unaware that Snapchat is curating and publishing this profoundly sexual and offensive and content to their children.”
Here is the entire text of the lawsuit.
Apple’s App Store says that Snapchat is appropriate for kids 12 and older. Snapchat in its terms of service is that it’s instant messaging app should be used by people were 13 and over.
For some examples of what sort of sexually offensive content the 13-year-old boy found on Snapchat, refer to this Mashable link.