Snap is prohibiting unknown informing highlights from outsider applications that incorporate with its foundation over worries that they could be utilized for tormenting and badgering. The change comes following a claim last year looked to expect Snap to take responsibility for abuse of its foundation connected to the passing of a teen who was being tormented on two Snapchat-associated applications. The outsider applications, Yolo and LMK, both had unknown informing highlights and were suspended by Snap soon after the suit was recorded.
“While we know that most Snapchatters used these anonymous integrations in fun, engaging, and entirely appropriate ways, we believe some users might be more prone to engage in harmful behavior — such as bullying or harassment — if they have the shroud of anonymity,” the company says in a blog post.
Snap also says today it will require friend-finding or meetup apps in its developer program to be restricted to people 18 and older to protect young users. The company says the change is “more consistent with Snapchat’s use case — communications between close friends who already know each other.”
Snap Kit, launched in 2018, allows for third-party apps to integrate with Snapchat. Developers apply to participate in the program, and are subject to safety and privacy policies set by Snap, including a ban on bullying, harassment, hate speech, and that developers take action if abuse happens. More than 1,500 developers are in Snap Kit; 2 percent will be affected by the ban on anonymous messaging, and 3 percent will be affected by the age restriction of meetup apps.