Social media platforms have always been a game of numbers, from “engagement” numbers to “friends” numbers. The latter is sometimes used as a bragging rights, showing how many followers or friends you have gathered. In some cases, it is virtually impossible for you to really get to know them all in person, and sometimes this can even be a problem. Snap, which was once popular for its strong privacy features, is now launching a feature that will remind its users to keep their friends lists under control at all times.
Although it appears to have been largely eclipsed by its old and new rivals, Snapchat has already gained public preference because of its strong privacy safeguards that protected its users. Of course, it also encouraged those same users to share compromising images or videos that, despite these security measures, still managed to leak. That’s because while Snapchat can have strong privacy measures, it can’t always rate everyone you’ve added as friends.
That’s why the company is now offering a regular reminder to keep only people you can trust on those lists. Friend Check Up will ask users to rate their friends, some of whom may no longer really be friends or have forgotten who they were. The feature will make it easier to remove that list, without even alerting the other party.
Who is on your friends list is critical on Snapchat, as some features are enabled only for those who have mutually added each other as friends. Others assume that people in a group are real friends, not just friends of a friend of a friend. Snapchat’s safeguards practically break if the user doesn’t make sure that there are no weak links in the chain.
Friend Check Up will be coming to Android in the coming weeks and iOS in the coming months. This is the network’s latest contribution to this year’s Safe Internet Day, along with partnerships with the Trevor Project for LGBTQ + youth and MindUp for parents.