Snapchat took down a “Juneteenth”- themed filter and apologised to customers for the lens, which drew criticism for being insensitive, the picture messaging app’s father or mother Snap mentioned on Friday.
The filter used Pan-African flag as a backdrop and prompted customers to smile, which induced chains to seem behind them after which break, CNBC reported earlier within the day
Reuters couldn’t confirm the filter because it was now not out there.
“A various group of Snap staff members have been concerned in growing the idea, however a model of the Lens that went reside for Snapchatters this morning had not been accepted,” a Snap spokesperson mentioned in an announcement, including the corporate was investigating the “mistake.”
We deeply apologize for the offensive Juneteenth Lens. The Lens that went reside hadn’t been accepted by our assessment course of. We’re investigating so this does not occur once more.
— Snapchat (@Snapchat) June 19, 2020
June 19 commemorates the US abolition of slavery by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was belatedly introduced within the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, after the top of the Civil Warfare. A number of firms, together with Twitter and Nike, have declared June 19 a paid vacation for workers or lowered working hours to commemorate Juneteenth.
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