Snapchat is arguably the most popular smartphone app used by millennials and teens. Despite the app’s popularity, Snapchat recently made the National Center for Sexual Exploitation’s (NCSE) Dirty Dozen List. According to NCSE, Snapchat is frequently used for sexting and the sharing of self-produced child sexual abuse images. The built-in feature called Snapcash has enabled Snapchat and its users to monetize and profit from the exchange of pornography. Snapchat’s business model facilitates sexual exploitation yielding hefty profits for the company without any regard for the associated harms.
What should change?
1. Allow users to opt-out of publisher content on the Discover page.
2. Provide prominent in-app reporting systems for users to report those that send or promote sexually exploitive content.
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