Snapchat has grown far beyond its initial designation as “that sexting app with the disappearing messages”, and the app is being used for things far beyond your basic boob shot and dick pic. Brands are getting in the mix and there’s even been specific content created for the Snapchat platform (Madonna debuted a music video on Snapchat).
But it’s Snapchat. There’s gonna be sexting. Any attempt to act like that’s not going on is laughable, at best.
But Snapchat would like you to keep your clothes on. Especially if you’re a minor.
And in those guidelines, Snapchat is pretty clear on your porny snaps:
Be thoughtful about what you Snap and whom you send it to. It’s okay with us if someone takes a screenshot, but we can’t speak for you or your friends. Snapchat attempts to detect screenshots and notify the sender, but it doesn’t always work perfectly – and your friend can always capture the image with a camera.
Keep it legal. Don’t use Snapchat for any illegal shenanigans and if you’re under 18 or are Snapping with someone who might be: keep your clothes on!
What not to Snap:
Nudity or sexually suggestive content involving minors (people under the age of 18)
Minors engaged in activities that are physically dangerous and harmful
Invasions of privacy
Harassment or Bullying
Violating these rules may result in the removal of content, the suspension of your account and being prohibited from using Snapchat in the future.
Of course, banning anything involving nudity and minors is definitely warranted. On the other hand, it’s probably a bit hollow to threaten account suspension for adults who send “pornography”.
Though you might think of Snapchat as the land of T&A, there’s research to suggest that it might not be as prevalent as we all believe. A study conducted by the University of Washington found that only 1.6% of Snapchat users say they use the app primarily for sexting – but 14.2% admitted to having sexting with the app.
But that’s self-reporting – and we all know how that goes.