The Social Media app Snapchat has come under fire by parents for assisting with the distribution of pornographic photos. Thanks to Snapchat and the “Speed Filter,” parents everywhere have an additional worry. When used when driving, the app is dangerous and can even be deadly.
Parents of teens everywhere have frequently expressed concern over the apps main use, for users to communicate using images that disappear. When teens first became aware of the app, the exchange of naked photos soared. Unfortunately for teens everywhere, the 6 seconds the photos hung around for was enough time to take a screen shot, leaving that naked photo not as private as once thought. With the addition of video chat in 2014, the apps popularity soared and by 2016, big name brands began using the app for advertising.
Not without its problems from the start, the app has added filters for the photos – with the popular filters including a head band of flowers in honor of Coachella, the ability to turn your face into a dog or even Marilyn Monroe. While most of the filters are harmless fun, the Speed Filter is not.
Snapchat’s Speed Filter acts as a radar that captures the speed the driver is going and posts it on the photo. Needless to say, this filter has encouraged teens everywhere to drive faster with the hopes of impressing their friends. Competing to see who has the highest speed has become all too common.
The app is dangerous and risky and has even caused major accidents. Snapchat has come under fire for the app filter, responding to the dangerous nature by releasing a statement saying,
“we actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message.”
If parents didn’t have enough to worry about with all of the social media apps out there, the Speed Filter option is another option we have to worry about.
What is the purpose of the app if it isn’t to encourage speeding? Some people use the app to show off a zero mph with the caption stating, “relaxing” or “just chillin” and then others use it to show how fast they are going.
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