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Family claims Snapchat filter led to daughter’s high-speed car crash
The car was traveling upwards of 100 mph.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV reports that a Georgia family is claiming that the social media company is reportedly responsible for their daughter’s brutal car crash last September. The teen had the app open as she hit speeds in excess of 100 mph before colliding with another car.
A passenger in the vehicle stated that the driver explicitly claimed she was “trying to hit 100 mph and post it on Snapchat.” Though the app does warn its users not to use the speed filter while driving, this tragic incident highlights its risks nonetheless.
In a statement to WSB-TV, a Snapchat spokesperson had this to say about the car crash:
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… warning message in the app itself.
Immediately following the incident, the driver posted a selfie snap depicting her clearly wounded from accident with the words “lucky to be alive” overlaid on her visage.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.