The SnapChat app removed its controversial “Speed Filter” after lawsuits were filed. The app’s filter shows users’ current speeds in miles or kilometers per hour, and many critics have claimed that this feature encourages reckless driving. Some people have even blamed the Snapshot filter for some fatal crashes.
Over the years, there have been several lawsuits involving Snapshot in car accidents there have been. One of them refers to a car accident in Georgia in 2015, a few years after a new app update that included a speed filter. Since then, and over the years, SnapChat has made it a little harder to use the speed filter by doing things like putting it in a separate menu.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that Snapshot could be sued for speeding. According to the court, Snapshot is not protected by Section 230 of the American Code of Communication. According to this section of companies can not complain about the content published by users on a platform.
Another case, Lemon vs. Snap, describes another accident in Georgia that killed three men in 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit informed the family members that they could sue SnapChat, but the case was dismissed in 2020.
Snap confirmed that the speed filter had been removed and said:
“Nothing is more important than the safety of the Snapshot community, and we’ve already disabled this filter when driving fast. “Very few users now use this filter, and given this, we will remove it altogether.”
Therefore, the sudden removal of the speed filter is not as accidental as it seems. Now that section 230 of the American Communications Decree Act is not included, it makes perfect sense to remove it.