Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    Snapchat removes ‘offensive’ Juneteenth filter hours after release

    Snapchat removed a 'Juneteenth' filter hours after releasing it. Apologising to those who found it "offensive", Snapchat said the filter went live without being approved through its review process. The selfie filter urged users to "smile" to "break" the virtual chains appearing behind their head.


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    Snapchat took down a “Juneteenth”- themed filter and apologised to users for the lens, which drew criticism for being insensitive, the photo messaging app‘s parent Snap said on Friday.

    The filter used Pan-African flag as a backdrop and prompted users to smile, which caused chains to appear behind them and then break, CNBC reported earlier in the day.

    Reuters could not verify the filter as it was no longer available.

    “A diverse group of Snap team members were involved in developing the concept, but a version of the Lens that went live for Snapchatters this morning had not been approved,” a Snap spokesperson said in a statement, adding the company was investigating the “mistake.”

    June 19 commemorates the US abolition of slavery by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was belatedly announced in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, after the end of the Civil War. Several companies, including Twitter and Nike, have declared June 19 a paid holiday for employees or reduced operating hours to commemorate Juneteenth.

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