Snapchat told Reuters on Wednesday that the owner of Snapchat has hired a long-time online security advocate as its first global platform security leader because the company continues to increase its efforts around user security, and social media companies face challenges from regulators and Increasing global pressure from lawmakers.
Snap said that after a long search, it hired Jacqueline Beauchere, who will advise regulators, legislators and partners on behalf of its safety work, and advise on new policies and initiatives. .
Beauchere has worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years, including as the chief online security officer.
Child safety advocates and U.S. legislators have issued warnings about a wide range of problems faced by online platform users, including mental health effects and potential abuse from bullying to child sexual exploitation.
Jen Stout, Snap’s vice president of global policy, said in a statement: “We are committed to helping parents, stakeholders and advocates understand how young people experience our products and how we deal with key issues related to safety and trust.”
“No one is better suited to help us achieve this goal than Jacqueline, and this work will only become more important as we focus on the future of augmented reality and computing,” she said. Beauchere will report to Stout.
Large technology companies are racing to develop smart devices and augmented reality products. This poses new challenges to security and privacy, such as how such products may invade the private space of others, or how companies process information collected through these devices.
Snap launched augmented reality (AR) glasses this year, but they are only available to AR creators. Facebook Inc launched its first smart glasses last week.
Although compared with other social media sites, Snap focuses on photo messaging to provide fewer viral content mechanisms, but it is under pressure to deal with security issues for young user groups. According to a May report by the non-profit organization Thorn, the platform is also used by children aged 9-12 despite age restrictions.
In an interview with Reuters, Stout said that Snap is developing more proactive technology to prevent people under 13 from registering for the app. She said it is also improving its in-app reporting tool to provide users with more detailed updates when they report platform abuse. Snap also said it will add more security features to its Snap Map, allowing users to share their location with friends.
The way online platforms target young users has been under scrutiny by US legislators who criticized Facebook’s Instagram plan to develop a child-centric application. This week, a report in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the results of Instagram’s internal investigations on the app’s negative impact on the well-being of young users.
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