Once upon a time, Snapchat was a simple app. You took a picture, you sent it to a friend, and it disappeared shortly after, BBC reports.

 

Nowadays, it's a messaging app, a video sharing app and a news app. A face-swapping, dog-masking revolution in online communications.

 

But is it indecent? And are children being put at risk?

 

That's what's at the centre of an intriguing lawsuit made public on Thursday.

 

It focuses on the Discover function of Snapchat, a section in which publishers are falling over themselves to be seen.

 

It's here where content made exclusively for Snapchat (in portrait orientation) comes from the likes of the Daily Mail, Vice, Buzzfeed and others*, and users are highly encouraged to read through stories and watch videos from those publications.

 

Stories such as "10 things he thinks when he can't make you orgasm" from Cosmopolitan magazine.

 

Photo: BBC

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