Snapchat seeks to better protect minors by limiting their interactions with unknown adults

Child protection associations have been sounding the alarm for a long time: social networks are too often the setting for malicious relationships between adults and adolescents. That’s why Snapchat decided to fix this problem.

From now on, it will be more difficult for adults to flush out teenagers on the application. Snapchat elaborates: “In order to be discovered in the quick add by someone else, users under 18 will need to have a certain number of friends in common with that person, which will ensure that ‘it’s a friend they know in real life’.

Unfortunately, this measure will not completely prevent abuse on the platform. Indeed, it is still possible to find profiles of minors but this search will be much less easy than before because it will require more effort.

The presence of drug traffickers

For the past few months, Snapchat has been used by dealers to promote narcotics, including Fentanyl, an anesthetic that is wreaking havoc. With this new measure, the application hopes to distance young people as much as possible from these trafficking networks and explains: “We continue to work with experts to regularly update the list of slang and drug-related terms that we prevent from be visible on Snapchat.

With these provisions, Snapchat hopes to once again become a friendly and safe place for users to interact.