Incident 646: Snapchat's Algorithm Alleged to Link Minor with Sex Offenders

Description: A judge ruled Snapchat not liable under Section 230 after its algorithm connected a minor with convicted sex offenders on multiple occasions, leading to sexual assaults first in 2019 and again in 2021. The platform's "Quick Add" feature was implicated in facilitating the connections between the minor and the offenders.


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Alleged: Snapchat developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed minors.

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Daniel Atherton
Snapchat isn’t liable for connecting 12-year-old to convicted sex offenders · 2024

A judge has dismissed a complaint from a parent and guardian of a girl, now 15, who was sexually assaulted when she was 12 years old after Snapchat recommended that she connect with convicted sex offenders.

According to the court filing, th…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.