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Snapchat Sued for Racy Content Pushed to Kids

Snapchat is being sued over sexually explicit content. The successful social media app is being charged with “harmful, offensive, prurient and equally offensive content” displayed in its Discover feature.

In that particular area, publishers like Buzzfeed, Vice and others share stories that are designed to promote their services. The class action lawsuit, filed by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos on behalf of a 14-year-old boy from Los Angeles, claims that brands are distributing content that parents would likely prohibit their kids from watching.

The lawsuit highlights stories which includes titles like  “10 Things He Thinks When He Can’t Make You Orgasm” from Cosmopolitan Magazine and “23 Things That are Too Real if You Ever Had Sex With a Penis” from Buzzfeed.

With 23 of its users ranging from ages 13-17, Snapchat has grown to becoming one of the largest social media outlets, rivaling Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It allows users to directly control and upload video and picture to others in real time.

According to the lawsuit, Snapchat app violates The Communication Decency Act because it doesn’t warn potential offensive content and goes against notifying customers that parental control protections are available. “A lot of the sites have taken the affirmative approach of dealing with this,” Geragos told the Los Angeles Times.

The lawsuit further explains, “Although Snapchat claims to have pivoted away from its founding roots which included promoting surreptitious ‘sexting’ with disappearing text and images, the content Snapchat develops and curates on Snapchat Discover paints a different and dangerous picture.”

A Spokesperson replied to the claim, “We haven’t been served with a complaint in this lawsuit, but we are sorry if people were offended. Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support.”