Column: Snapchat: leading the way in promoting new age prostitution

Anthony Catezone, Managing Editor

As if anyone had a glint of hope that Snapchat, a photo messaging application for smartphones, was not created with the intention of promoting prostitution, it wanted to clarify.

You were wrong.

Snapchat introduced Snapcash on Monday, where people can now send money through the app to their friends.

So the same app that has become widely notorious for secretly sending provocative photos to others now allows people to also send money.

Let that sink in.

If you still do not know what that means, here: those who sent any provocative photos before can now get paid to do so.

And we’re now one step closer to prostitution being legal! Are you f****** kidding me?

With Snapcash, the creators of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, are essentially promoting prostitution.

However, Snapchat has made a discernible attempt to keep the news of the money exchange classy (with an embarrassingly-tacky commercial using a song and dance and an unrealistic example to promote Snapcash).

The example the commercial uses is a brother and sister shopping in a store. The brother, then, discovers a gift that would be “perfect for mom.” He asks his sisters to send him $15, so she does VIA SNAPCASH! And all is right with the world.

A world where adolescents will now grow up with the disgusting possibility of paying for provocative photos. Snapchat was invented for and is used for one thing: sending provocative photos.

People can say they do not use Snapchat for those purposes or Spiegel, Murphy and Brown can claim it is something more, but let’s be realistic.

Everyone knows that was the initial motive for downloading or creating the app in the first place. Hell, it seems every weekend now another couple hundred photos are leaked online. There are 100 million active users on Snapchat. Just imagine the possible amounts that are not being leaked.

Which, furthermore, begs the question as to why anyone would ever trust Snapchat anyway? It has teamed up with Square, a company that founded on-the-spot credit card payments and quick online payments via e-mail.

All of the credit card info will be stored with Square, but still, Snapchat has had countless privacy issues that anyone one who trusts it with his credit card info is equally moronic as the creators promoting this god-awful product.

But hey, at least people must be 18 years of age to use Snapcash. The Snapchat idiots got one thing right. Now they won’t get sued.

Anthony Catezone is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected] 

Snapchat him at username: @AnthonyCatz.