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Is Snapchat’s speed filter responsible for a distracted driving crash?

In this photo illustration the Snapchat app is used on an iPhone,
In this photo illustration the Snapchat app is used on an iPhone,
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(AP) A Georgia couple is suing Snapchat, claiming that the social media app's "speed filter" tempted a woman to drive too fast and to cause a crash that injured the husband.

The lawsuit says that in September, McGee was driving down a highway south of Atlanta using a Snapchat filter that places the rate at which a vehicle is traveling over an image. It says McGee was trying to reach 100 miles an hour in her car, which struck the Maynards' car, sending it across the left lane and into an embankment.


"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 "Do NOT Snap and Drive" warning message in the app itself."

Maynard v Snapchat Complaint 


Jody Armour, a professor of law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law whose areas of focus includes product liability law