What you need to know
- Snapchat is removing the "Speed Filter" from its app.
- The company says that it is doing so because it is not used much anymore.
Snap has confirmed that it is removing the controversial "Speed Filter" from the Snapchat app. The feature, which has been accused of playing a part in car accidents, will be removed from the app over the next few weeks.
Snap told NPR that it is removing the feature because it is no longer used by most of its users.
Snap's reason for removing the feature might not tell the whole story. A number of of lawsuits which claim that the app played a part in an accident are still ongoing.
After a number of accidents were reported that involved the feature, Snap lowered its prominence from a filter to a stick in the app, add a "Don't Snap and Drive" warning to the sticker, and capped the tracked speed at 35 miles per hour.
Snap says that it is starting to remove the feature from its app now but it may take a few weeks for it to be completely removed for all of its 500 million users.
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