Snap has banned messages from third parties. The company stops all the anonymous messages users can receive from unreliable sources. Moreover, Snap removed the ability to use friend-finding social apps from everyone who is younger than 18 years old.
While the number of online harassment and bullying is rising, Snap is trying to protect its users any way they can. Last year the company faced a lawsuit from parents whose teenager died, constantly bullied via apps connected to Snapchat. The apps MLK and Yolo were quickly removed from Snap. They both offered anonymous messaging options for their users.
According to Snap, they decided to cut the possibility for users to bully each other, although they know that anonymous features were mainly used for fun. Yet, they are worried that some users can harm each other using such tools. This is why they decided to remove any anonymity. Apart from that, Snapchat decided to close any meetups and friend-finding apps with new people for everyone younger than 18 years old. Instead, they offer to use their platform to communicate with people who know you already.
Third-party apps were able to join Snapchat in 2018, using Snap Kit. They could easily integrate the platform. However, they also had to keep up with the basic rules of Snap, including a total ban for harassment, bullying, or hate speech. There are over 1,500 developers who joined the program. According to the new decision, 2 percent of them will be affected by the anonymity intolerance “law”, as well as 3 percent will be affected by the ban of new friends searching apps for users under 18 years old.
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