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Snapchat is known for its privacy-centric features, such as the friends-only approach to content and default off location sharing. It also lacks an algorithmically curated public content feed. These features make it appealing to a young audience who values privacy and limited visibility.
Snapchat, indeed, has some definitive privacy-centric features such as taking a friends-only approach to the content you post, keeping location sharing off by default, and the lack of an algorithmically curated public content feed.
However, despite its positive features, Snapchat has a dark side. It has been ranked as the worst social media platform for children's mental health, according to a study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health. The app has also been associated with online grooming, with reports from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children highlighting Snapchat's role in online offenses.
A study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) ranked Snapchat and Instagram as the worst social media platforms for children's mental health. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children named Snapchat as a repeat offender in its 2022 and 2023 reports, noting that 26% share of online grooming happened on Snapchat, while the 2022 report said a third of all such offenses involved the app.