Snapchat Has a Child-Porn Problem

Issue 11-13-17   |   Reviewer:   Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.
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Abstract

For as long as the Internet has been in existence, pedophiles have used it to lure children into their grasp. Snapchat has become especially dangerous because of its popularity among young people, and its disappearing messages make evidence tougher to find. Therefore, predators have targeted it because they know they can contact kids on the app and use it to receive child pornography while believing they won't be tracked. 

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, says it uses staffers and automated systems to help protect children, but the company would not elaborate. Other social networks also have issues with child porn, but Facebook, for example, claims that it has stronger channels for reporting abuse. Snap says it will continue to work with law enforcement and will preserve files sent to and from files given investigators' requests.





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