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Snap Hires First Global Head of Platform Safety

Snapchat’s owner has hired a longtime online safety advocate as its first global head of platform safety, Snap Inc. told Reuters on Wednesday, as the company continues to ramp up efforts around user safety and as social media firms face mounting global pressure from regulators and lawmakers. Snap said that after a long search it hired Jacqueline Beauchere, who will represent its safety work to regulators, lawmakers, and partners and help advise on new policies and initiatives. Beauchere was at Microsoft Corp. for more than 20 years including as its chief online safety officer. Child safety advocates and U.S. lawmakers have raised alarms on a wide range of issues faced by users of online platforms including mental health impacts and potential abuses from bullying to child sexual exploitation. “We are committed to helping parents, stakeholders, and advocates understand how young people experience our products and how we approach critical issues …

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