Snapchat getting sued over "explicit content" coming from media partners

The lawsuit is over Snapchat's Discover page, which shares news and curated content

Snapchat getting sued over "explicit content" coming from media partners

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Snapchat hasn't been shy about adding new features to their app to remove the stigma of "sexting" that hung around it first appeared.

Now one of their biggest original features might just be what trips it up over explicit content.

The company is getting sued over explicit content found on its Discover page, which includes content from a host of media outlets.

Examples of the explicit content come from Cosmopolitan, MTV, and others who provide content specifically created for Snapchat's Discover page.

The case is a class action lawsuit, which lets one body who makes the case represent many more people who would be included in the compensation of the verdict.

"John Doe"

An unnamed 14 year old from Los Angeles is behind the action, known only as John Doe.

He said in the lawsuit that "Millions of parents in the United States today are unaware that Snapchat is curating and publishing this profoundly sexual and offensive content to their children".

Snapchat has replied to the lawsuit by deflecting the blame to the publishers, saying "Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support."

Lawyers for the case argue that Snapchat do have responsibility for what is included in the Discover page. They call it highly curated and mention that Snapchat provides the structure for the layout, leading to their "tentacles" being all over the content.

It's uncertain how many people in total are involved in the class action suit, but with them looking for $50,000 per violation, it could be a big cost to Snapchat should it go against them.