Snapchat introduces new parental control features. The social media platform has announced a series of steps it is taking to protect teens from drug dealers who misuse the app to sell opioids amid the outbreak in the United States.
This includes a new “backup” of the Quick Add feature, to protect users aged 13-17.
To be detectable in Quick Add, users under the age of 18 will need to have a certain number of mutual friends, which reduces the chances of them communicating with strangers.
In a blog post, Snap said: “We also know that drug traffickers are constantly looking for ways to exploit messaging and social media apps, including trying to find new ways to abuse Snapchat and our community, to conduct their illegal and deadly business. .”
The company is committed: “We continue to develop new measures to keep our community safe on Snapchat and have made significant operational improvements over the past year toward our goal of eradicating drug dealers from our platform.
“Additionally, although Snapchat is just one of many communication platforms that drug traffickers seek to abuse to distribute illicit substances, we still have a unique opportunity to use our voice, technology and resources to help to fight against this scourge, which threatens the lives of the members of our community.
Snap is also providing “integrated information and support for Snapchatters searching for drug-related terms,” through their new education portal, Heads Up.
And Snapchat announced its association with nonprofits Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Truth Initiative.
Additionally, Snap uses AI to detect “drug-related content” and claims that “88% of the drug-related content we discover is now proactively detected by our machine learning and intelligence technology. artificial”.
That’s up 33% since their previous update. Snap is also in contact with law enforcement to help with investigations.
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