Snapchat Has a Child-Porn Problem

Issue 11-13-17   |   Reviewer:   Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.
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Abstract

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. says it uses both staffers and automated systems to protect children—and all 178 million users—from unwanted messages, but it would not provide details. Snapchat has been singled out by investigators as a danger due to pedophiles who used it to exploit teens for sexual gratification. It's a popular app among young people, and its disappearing messages make evidence tougher to find.

Social networks such as Facebook and Instagram accounted for 54 percent of the 1,631 such cases surveyed last year by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, but more private messaging apps such as Snapchat and Kik were the next likeliest avenue for contact at 41 percent. Some social media companies such as Facebook have stronger channels for reporting abuse, and Kik is expanding its safety team and investing in software that can help the company better identify and catalog troubling material.

Snap says, given investigators’ requests, it will preserve files sent to and from particular accounts. The company is also simplifying its forms for reporting abuse.





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