There is no actual App called Snapchat Premium (SP). If you are looking to download SP, you won't find it anywhere, it is simply the name users will refer to when they are promoting their Snapchat account as a nude sharing service. A great many users across the Snapchat network, mainly young women, are creating SP accounts in order to make money through the 'sale and distribution' of their intimate and naked images or sexual acts.
This is not new. Snapchat has been around for 7 years and upon its inception was being used to send 'nudes' by millions of people every day. Over time, people were starting to create accounts where they would provide nude images or videos at a cost. It is only until recent times that these particular type of accounts have been referred to and promoted as premium accounts. The premise is very simple. A user will create a Snapchat account and promote it as SP. They will then send out multiple follow requests to as many people as they can, to which followers will pay that user for content, mainly through PayPal.
A user can also create a premium account and register it with a Premium Snapchat website. The main difference in this case, is the site gives users a much wider reach and can promote that premium account (for a fee) to a much larger audience. Many young Australian women are making the decision to create such accounts and are selling content to people all over the world. Sadly, a great deal of them can be easily identified because they are showing their face, their location or other identifiable information on their accounts or within their images. This is fraught with danger and should have many people concerned. With the reach of the online world and the non-control of digital footprint, many young women have been identified outside of the perceived privacy of their accounts and have been approached or contacted personally by their 'followers' and those who are in possession of their most intimate content.
Young women in particular, some under the age of 18 are being lured into the fast and easy cash making side of SP and forgetting about the inherent risk in sharing such content. Many are not even taking the most basic steps to minimise their ability to be identified as a real person. I believe Snapchat need to address this immediately.
Adult services have been around for centuries. I do not live under a rock! For many years people have been making money from naked images. But for just as long, such environments were confined and had a much higher level of privacy and anonymity. Distribution was confined and to a degree, controlled. The open expanse of the internet takes away that control and the ability to step back from such activity in this day and age is extremely difficult, if not impossible. My main concern is the ease in which someone can create a SP account and expose themselves both literally and figuratively. Snapchat take very little action to actively patrol or monitor their network, which is completely unacceptable. The fact that any person can engage in such risky activity without even the most basic of obstacles being placed in their way, should be a concern and must be addressed.
I believe any and every online organisation which promotes or provides services of an adult nature must take deliberate and active steps to ensure the protection of its users. Simply providing the space and pushing the onus onto users to protect themselves is not enough.
Snapchat Premium is extremely risky and every parent should be very concerned.