Thursday 29 September 2016

Snapchat sued after filter allegedly caused high-speed crash

Mark O'Beirne

Published 28/04/2016 | 10:01

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Snapchat is being sued by a driver who claims that its speed filter facilitated her excessive speed, which resulted in a high-speed accident.

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Snapchat is being sued by a driver who may have been using the app and playing with a filter at the time of a high-speed crash.

According to the lawsuit, Christal McGee allegedly increased her speed to see Snapchat's speed filter break the 100mph mark. McGee collided with another car when travelling at 107mph in a 55mph zone, leaving one of the passengers in the other car with permanent brain damage.

The lawsuit lays the blame at Snapchat's door, claiming that it was, or should have been, aware of the danger caused by people looking at the speed filter while driving, but didn't remove or alter it.

"Snapchat's speed filter facilitated McGee's excessive speeding," it says. "McGee was motivated to drive at an excessive speed in order to obtain recognition through Snapchat by means of a Snapchat 'trophy.'"

A Snapchat spokesperson said, "No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a 'Do NOT Snap and Drive' warning message in the app itself."

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