Snap Inc. has appointed Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s current chief online security officer, as its first global head of platform security, a spokeswoman told Nerdshala.
why it matters: The move reflects a growing effort by Snapchat to invest in more initiatives focusing on user safety and wellbeing.
- For example, Snap launched its first digital literacy program in January. Last year, it launched new features with the meditation app Headspace.
- Snapchat was designed to be mindful of issues such as privacy, misinformation, and harassment that, to date, have helped it avoid some of the regulatory headaches its competitors are now dealing with.
description: In his new role, Beauchere will oversee all Snapchat efforts on security. According to a spokesperson, she will also help develop new policies and guidelines, features and equipment, and advise on safety and wellbeing.
- Beauchere will report to Snap VP of global policy Jennifer Stout and will work closely with other internal teams supporting Snapchat’s safety and wellness efforts.
- “We are committed to helping parents, stakeholders and advocates understand how youth experience our products and how we tackle critical issues of safety and trust,” said Stout.
- “No one is better equipped to help us accomplish this than Jacqueline, and this work will only become more important as we turn our attention to the future of augmented reality and computing.”
Catch up soon: Bouchere has long been an online security advocate, sitting on several boards representing child safety and cyber security in the technology industry. He previously served as Microsoft’s representative at the Family Online Security Institute and the National Cyber Security Coalition.
big picture: He is part of a growing list of senior executives that Snapchat has recently snatched from its Big Tech competitors.