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More Snapchat controversy: is this the most racist filter ever?

More Snapchat controversy: is this the most racist filter ever?

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Text: Anna McClelland

Snapchat is under fire for its 'digital yellowface' filter

You'd think they would have learnt their lesson from that controversial Bob Marley filter back on April 20 - released in honour of Weed Day in America (yes, apparently that's a thing), it faced instant backlash and accusations of 'digital blackface.'

Yesterday, Snapchat was at it again with a filter that actively promoted racist stereotypes - designed to resemble an Asian caricature, it gave users an extra-round face with rosy cheeks and slits for eyes. After receiving a tirade of complaints on social media, Snapchat has taken the filter down and released a statement saying the "anime-inspired Lens" won't ever be put up again. "Lenses are meant to be playful and never to offend," the statement reads.

More Snapchat controversy: is this the most racist filter ever? (фото 1)

Message to Snapchat: racism is always offensive. Maybe stick to puppy dogs and pineapples from now on. 

More Snapchat controversy: is this the most racist filter ever? (фото 2)

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