Snapchat Is Trying to Get Publishers to Cut Back on Racy and Misleading Content

Snapchat Discover is one of today's hottest sources of news, but it's possibly ... too hot? With an expected IPO just months away, Snapchat wants to start cleaning up Discover's often racy content—created by a select group of publishers including Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and MTV—by moving away from headlines such as "I lost a breast to a nipple ring" and "The Naughtiest Pasta Shapes Ever." Snapchat parent Snap Inc. is making some updates to its guidelines for publishers to hold them more accountable for creating content that's "informative, factual and safe." So what will users discover in a more tasteful Snapchat? It depends partially on age. Publishers will have to be more conscious about what's "suitable" for anyone under 18. According to Snap, "nudity, pornographic imagery and other indecent, obscene or profane content" will be off-limits unless they use an "age-gate" for inappropriate photos, videos and text. Content that is age-gated will remain that way for the full edition of that day's content, but Snap says it will allow for exceptions when content has relevant news value. (The company is leaving editorial judgment up to individual publishers.) While the updates prohibit sexual content from the tiles that preview Discover stories, publishers will still be allowed to display obscene content and profanity in age-gated areas for users over 18. The new policies will also have "better defined guidance" on what's considered too sensitive or sexualized. The... Continue reading at 'AdWeek'

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