Snapchat class action lawsuit was filed on July 7. The class members claim that the app is promoting sexually explicit content to minors. They allegedly do this via the well-known app that millions of people use for sharing photos and videos.
The complaint against the company states that Snapchat pushes sexually charged content on its minor users without the permission of their parents. According to the plaintiffs, nearly 23% of Snapchat users which is about 34.5 million are minors.
According to the Snapchat class action lawsuit, the Snapchat Discover is the main tool that the company uses to push sexually explicit content. Snapchat launched it in January 2015 to provide more content to its users. However, Snapchat Discover is not social media. This gives ground to the plaintiffs to argue that the company promotes only the content it is paid for without taking into account that it might hurt minors.
Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Snapchat Discover intentionally disseminates offensive and harmful content. Moreover, after the interface changes, Snapchat Discover is now easier to notice. As a result, millions of parents in the U.S. cannot imagine that their children have got access to harmful content.
Snapchat class action lawsuit plaintiff John Doe 14, says that he has viewed adult articles and photos in Snapchat as well as an article by Buzzfeed including sexually charged jokes. Note that Buzzfeed is a partner company to Snapchat and that’s the reason why its articles appear on Snapchat Discover.
The class action argues that Snapchat Inc. has violated several provisions of state and federal law. More concretely, the complaint says that the Snapchat has violated the Federal Communications Decency Act.
Eligibility criteria for the Snapchat class action lawsuit
The Snapchat class action lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for all potential Class Members requiring that all users of Snapchat (from January 27, 2015) be Class Members. The class action also seeks to collect punitive damages of up to $50.000 for every violation under the federal law. In addition, the complaint requires Snapchat to stop its unlawful practices. The company should prevent its 13-17 years old users from experiencing explicit content.