that limits the friend suggestions teenagers see in the app (via ). Kids aged 13 to 17 years old will now only receive suggestions that have “a certain number of friends in common with that person” through Snapchat’s friend suggestion feature, called Quick Add.
It’s unclear just how many mutual friends a user will need to have in common with a teen in order to appear on their Quick Add list, but Snapchat says it will help ensure users actually know each other in real life. The platform also plans on adding new parental control tools, which, offering “parents more insight into who their teens are talking to” while still letting teens have a sense of privacy.
These changes come as Snapchat works towards preventing users from exploiting the platform for drug dealingthat’s affecting both adults and young people. Snapchat reports it’s getting better at tracking down drug-related content and has increased its proactive detection rate by 50 percent since October.
Last year, ausing the platform for buying prescription and recreational drugs and receiving fentanyl instead. Since then, Snapchat has added safety measures, such as its about the risks of fentanyl, as well as reporting tools to combat drug-related activity.