Another Day, Another Snapchat Filter Controversy

Another Day, Another Snapchat Filter Controversy

Snapchat has again come under fire for its face-altering filters, this time it’s not about a terrifying taco face but accusations of “whitewashing”. Snapchatters have taken to Twitter to point the flower crown filter and the “beautifying” filter both appear to lighten the user’s skin.

ERIN MARY Doyle
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Some users have pointed out the ‘beautifying’ filter also slims a person’s nose and chin, as well as brightening their eyes.

This isn’t the first time Snapchat has come under fire for racially insensitive filters. To celebrate 4/20 or National Weed Day, the platform was accused of digital blackface when a Bob Marley filter superimposed the skin colour and facial features of the Jamaican artist on the Snapchat users-with added Rastafarian hat and dreadlocks.