Mother and 14-year old son sue Snapchat for allowing kids to see sexual content

Mother and 14-year old son sue Snapchat for allowing kids to see sexual content
Messaging app Snapchat is being sued by a mother and her 14-year old son. The suit claims that Snapchat's Discover feature "routinely" exposes minors to content that is sexual in nature. Snapchat is being accused of violating the Communications Decency Act. This is a 1996 act that regulates  porn on the internet. This isn't the first time that the Snapchat name has been connected to explicit images. Because images sent through the app disappear after a pre-determined period of time, the app is often employed by those who like to engage in sexting.

The suit was filed by Mark Geragos in US District Court for Central California. Ironically, it was Geragos who represented Michael Jackson when the late pop star was accused of molestation. According to the suit, the 14-year old had viewed content on Snapchat that showed Disney characters in sexual poses. These images were part of a Discover feed from BuzzFeed. The suit suggests that the teen continued to see such images during the early days of this month.

The suit seeks class-action status, is asking for civil penalties (money) and asks Snapchat to add an in-app warning about possible sexual content.

Snapchat has not been served, according to the company. With a valuation of $17 billion, Snapchat has been looking to monetize the app in order to justify its high valuation. Discover posts images and streams live video from an event, all from third parties. Snapchat made it clear that it has no control over such content. "Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support," said a Snapchat statement.

source: Scribd via CNET



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sad but this is the reality of children having access to smartphone or any device that can connect to the internet. Sexually explicit content can'tbe controlled.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Their parents are the one that give smart phone to their children. Any device that has unrestricted internet access can potentially expose children to porn. I have colleagues that forbid their children from using iPad or game console or portable. He say the device will affect their interest on learning. I agree with him. I am addicted to computer gaming at a young age.

6. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I remember watching porn at the age of 14 and have negative effects. Because my mind pushed to watch more and more. I was more interested in watching porn then having intimate time with the girl friend. My cousin who was same age, never got this effect. I used to discuss this problem with her and she always called me crazy. I think porn effect boys more negatively and doesn't have much effect on girls.

10. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Nope lol this just happened to you smh

18. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

No, it happens to everyone who watches porn. If you don't see the side effects with in yourself, doesn't mean they don't exist.

22. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Porn has never affected me in not wanting to have sex with my wife or any odt partners....cry me a damn river. You guys seem to be mentally weak and enjoy watching others more than actually pefotming the act. Porn motivates me into having more sex. If that's bad oh well but don't make an excuse that you porn ruined your sex life. 'Maybe these issues are deeper than porn.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

C'mon... Bro... What is this? A personal intervention...? SMH

15. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

But still i am addicted to console games

2. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015


4. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

14 year old boy found adult material in internet "by accident" - yeah right, it's more likely to spot a big-foot or find Dory! Besides, doesn't all the "discoveries" work based on previous "browsing" and interests?

5. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

that boy must be very gay

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

As if that matters.

12. GreatBigPhoney

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You're contemplating the sexual orientation of a 14 year old boy, why exactly?

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Right!! Right!! Right! Thats what i was saying its used for sextting!!! Sex-tting !! Why use it if you are not in sex-ting

21. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

you're right Barney! hahaha

9. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

These parents just looking for opportunity. $$$$$$

11. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

if you let your kids on social media like snapchat before they are 16 and aware of whats happening then you are a bad parent.. you are a parent for god sake ! control your kid and stop leaving them to do anything they want !!

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Let's sue a dev for not doing the parents job. As if its hard to find porn. So lets just ban all explicit websites because parents are too lazy to control their child.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Judge: Parent, did you allow your child to install SnapChat on his/her device Parent: Yes! Judge: Parent, you are aware that social media apps can have explicit content Parent: Yes! Judge: Did you take steps to prevent your child from being involved in social media, where such content can openly be seen Parent: No! Judge: case dismissed. Do your job as a parent and you won't have this problem. I bought my 7 year old an iPad. He has been using electronics you since he was a year old. At 11 months he watched me unlock my new phone and he reach out and mimicked mu move and unlocked it too. I still have the video. He loves YouTube. But I prevent him from watching unless we are present to see what he is watch. He knows how to install apps. I set his iPad to prevent him to do so. There are no social media apps on his iPad. As of yet, he doesn't know how to browse for porn. I plan to keep it that way. I took the steps to prevent my kid from seeing things he shouldn't see until he is old enough to understand. If he gets access to something he shouldn't and I find out, he knows he will lose his use of his iPad. It's that easy if you train them right. But these stupid ignorant lazy trailer trash living pastey face no education having boneheads, always want to blame THEIR job on someone else. Its not SnapChats job to make sure YORU stupid kid doesn't get in their car and drive 100MPH to use a feature of the app. Its not Snapchats job to prevent your child from viewing explicit content via their app, no more than its Microsoft's job to block porn sites in web browsers. Why do cases like this, even make it to court?! Someone needs to smack this parent for not parenting. In fact, take the kid away from her. Obviously they don't know how to raise kids.

19. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Yeah a warning message is going to stop a 14 year old from viewing certain content. I feel bad for the kid, probably getting reamed about his parents filing a lawsuit.

20. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

It is quite complicated to control all the content that is available through internet, be it a browser or an app. It's not matter of regulation is more about education, being involve about what your kid does, where he goes, what does he watch of play. Teach them that sexuality is natural but also a quite personal and intimate. And stop being so scared each time something sexual themed comes up.

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