Social media app Snapchat was accused by the parents of a dead young man of being the cause of death and that of two of his friends, according to a report from NPR. The three young men were killed in one car accident in Walworth County, Wisconsin, in May 2017 when their car was traveling at 123 mph and one of them opened Snapchat to test its “speed filter”. Within a short time afterwards, the car crashed into a tree, killing all three passengers.
According to the report, the parents said that “their son wanted to capture the experience with you App Feature – the controversial “Speed filter“- that documents the speed in real life and hopes for engagement and attention of the followers in the messaging app.”
A 3-judge panel of the 9th US Appeals Court ruled that parents have the right to sue Snap Inc.. which they eventually did by claiming that the company “knowingly created a dangerous game” through its filter and was to some extent responsible for the car accident.
They claimed that the app’s speed filter pushes teenagers to “drive at amazing speeds”. The court ruled that Snap Inc “should be treated like any other company that manufactures a product that could cause injury or harm to consumers.”
Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw: “Snap has indisputably developed the Snapchat reward system and speed filter, and made those aspects of Snapchat available to users over the Internet. This type of claim is based on the premise that manufacturers have an obligation to deliver the to exercise due care. ” Products that do not pose an undue risk of injury or harm to the public. ”