Chatting

Snapchat to let parents monitor who their kids are chatting with ‘| The Daily Star’

The Snapchat logo is seen in this illustration taken July 28, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

“>



The Snapchat logo is seen in this illustration taken July 28, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Snap Inc (SNAP.N), owner of popular messaging app Snapchat, rolled out its first parental control tools on Tuesday, which will let parents see who their teens are talking to, but not the substance of their conversations.

The new feature called Family Center comes at a time when social media companies have come under fire for failing to protect children. In October, Snap and its tech peers TikTok and YouTube testified before US lawmakers accusing the companies of exposing young users to bullying or directing them to harmful content.

Instagram also testified at a December Senate hearing on children’s online safety, after a Facebook whistleblower leaked internal documents she said showed the app harmed mental health and health. the body image of some teenagers.

Parents can invite their teens to join Family Center on Snapchat, and once the teens consent, parents will be able to see their kids’ list of friends and who they’ve messaged on the app over the past seven last days. They can also confidentially report any accounts of concern.

However, parents won’t be able to see private content or messages sent to and from their teens, Snap’s messaging product manager Jeremy Voss said in an interview.

“It’s the right approach to improving safety and well-being, while protecting autonomy and privacy,” he said.

Snap said it plans to launch additional features in the coming months, including notifications to parents when their teen reports user abuse.

Prior to Family Center, Snap already had teen protection policies in place. By default, profiles of Snapchat users under 18 are private, and they only appear as a suggested friend in search results when they have friends in common with another user. Users must be at least 13 years old to register.

Snap’s new tools follow a similar move from Instagram, which launched its Family Center in March, allowing parents to see which accounts their teens follow and how much time they spend on the app.

SNAP PLANS TO LAY OFF EMPLOYEES

Snap Inc is also in the early stages of planning for layoffs, The Verge reported Monday, citing people familiar with the plans.

The scope of the job cuts is currently unclear as managers are still planning them for their teams, the report said, adding that the Snapchat owner has more than 6,000 employees.

Snap declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

The development comes as tech companies, crypto exchanges and financial firms are shedding jobs and slowing hiring as global economic growth slows due to higher interest rates, runaway inflation and a energy crisis in Europe.

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc has cut plans to hire engineers by at least 30% this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in June, and warned them to prepare for a deep economic downturn.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel also told employees in a memo in May that the company would slow down hiring for this year and laid out a broad list of issues.

Last month, the company painted a grim picture of the effects of a weaker economy on social media and declined to make a forecast under “incredibly difficult” conditions, sending its shares tumbling 25%.