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Snapchat Stories has an Underage Porn Problem, and No Way To Fix It


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BI summarizes the Daily Dot article:

Snapchat Stories has an underage porn problem. 

The feature, which allows users to take photos and collect them into a slideshow that they can later send to contacts, was added in October 2013. Stories live for a day and then disappear, aligning with Snapchat's ephemeral feel — that nothing snapped can live forever. 

Cooper Fleishman of The Daily Dot reports that since then, there's been an uprising of amateur gay porn, a network of young men, many underage, who take and share nude photos of themselves via Snapchat Stories. 

Fleishman spoke to a man named John, who discovered the issue when he "followed a string of lewd Snapchats down a rabbit hole." What he found were tons of pornographic compilation stories.

This is, of course, fine. Snapchat users are able to share and accept any type of message they wish. The problem lies in the age of some of the users sending photos. 

"Many of the young men added birth years to their usernames—Lickme88, Denver93—and some of those numbers were 97, 98, and even higher, suggesting the users were underage," The Daily Dot reports.

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But underage users keep creeping in, as there is nothing stopping any user from sharing any image he wishes to share with any other user. That prompts the question: Are you in trouble if you willingly accept a Snapchat story from a user whose age you are unaware of? Or are you in trouble if you're the sender?

Putting an end to that, The Daily Dot reports, "Snapchat may have to compromise its core principle — user privacy — and take an active interest in what its users are sending."

Snapchat responded to Business Insider in an email, saying: "Upon learning of these blatant violations of our Terms of Use, we immediately took action against the offending accounts. We take seriously any allegations of Snapchat being used for illegal purposes and work closely with law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to uphold our legal obligations and to protect our community."

You can read the full report on The Daily Dot.

this situation will only continue. there does need to be a debate/review of teen nude selfies and child porn laws. 

If Snapchat looks at the pictures they violate user privacy.

If they don't look at the pictures they violate the law. 

It's a no-win situation. 

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