Yikes! Looks like Snapchat is in some SERIOUS hot water after being hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly exposing minors to ‘sexually offensive’ material! Even crazier, the company is being sued for a whopping $50k per day — wow!
The beloved picture-sharing app, Snapchat, is being sued by a Los Angeles law firm for allegedly exposing children to “harmful, offensive, prurient and sexually offensive content.” And seriously, this lawsuit is not pretty! The lawsuit also claims that Snapchat’s “Discover” feature is objectionable and in violation of the Communications Decency Act — uh oh! Get all the details surrounding this crazy suit below.
The lawsuit was filed by a well-known celebrity attorney, Mark Geragos, on behalf of a 14-year-old boy and his mother in U.S. District Court on July 7. In the suit, the plaintiffs claim that the Snapchat Discover feature — which displays third party stories and videos — routinely suggests sexually explicit content without ANY warning!
And honestly, the plaintiffs aren’t completely wrong. After all, Snapchat does feature some articles that are a bit questionable for kids, including: “People share their secret rules for sex,” “10 things he thinks when he can’t make you orgasm,” and “23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You’ve Ever Had Sex With a Penis.” The lawsuit alleges that the material is “adult-rated” and would probably be prohibited by parents if they knew it was on the app. Yep, sounds about right!
“[This is] an insidious pattern and practice of intentionally exposing minors to harmful, offensive, prurient and sexually offensive content, without warning minors or their parents that they would be exposed to such explicit content,” read the court documents, which were publish by The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
However, Snapchat doesn’t entirely see things that way. In fact, a spokesperson for Snapchat told the publication in a statement that they “haven’t been served with a complaint in this lawsuit, but we are sorry if people were offended.” Sounds a bit like a half-hearted apology, right? “Our Discover partners have editorial independence, which is something that we support,” the spokesperson added. Their media partners include BuzzFeed, Vice, and MTV, among others.
But Mark is NOT going after Snapchat lightly, he’s actually seeking $50,000 per day because he argues the circumstance is a violation of federal law! “A lot of the sites have taken the affirmative approach of dealing with this,” but Snapchat isn’t one of them, Mark argues.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think about Snapchat being sued? Did they have it coming?