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Snapchat: Both Black and White Employees Made the Offensive ‘Smile to Break Chains’ Filter

Snapchat apparently wants to make sure people know that both Black and white employees were involved in the creation of the offensive filter, or Lens in Snapchat jargon, it launched on Juneteenth – a day that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the US – that placed an approximation of the Pan-African flag behind users and asked them to smile to break the chains of slavery. Read More >>

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Snapchat: Yeah, Our End of Slavery Filter Asking Users to Smile to Break Chains Was a Bad Idea

Snapchat received widespread criticism Friday for its Juneteenth filter that prompted users to celebrate the anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S. by smiling to break chains. By mid-day, Snap quietly pulled the tone-deaf filter and the company has since issued a public apology. Apparently, this Lens was a beta version that went live by mistake, though I’m not sure if that’s more or less embarrassing. Read More >>

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You Can Make the New £20 Note Animate with Snapchat

There's a new £20 note out in circulation today, and if you're one of the people who still has Snapchat installed on your phone, you can bring it to life in augmented reality (AR). Read More >>

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How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: by curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Latest Novelty Lets You and Your Friends’ Bitmojis Star in Animated Shorts

Snapchat is keeping things uniquely Snapchatty with the announcement of Bitmoji TV, which sounds a bit shit but Bitmoji Stories went down well, so more power to them. Read More >>

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How to Build Alternative, Better, Social Media Feeds

If you can scroll through your social media feeds without coming across at least a handful of posts you’d rather not have seen, consider yourself in the minority. Most of us deal with this on a near-daily basis. But mass unfollowing people – friends, colleagues, family members – isn’t always an option. We’re here to tell you that there is another way. Read More >>

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Thing I Instinctively Hate Likely to Become Wildly Popular

In its quest to create new ways to make its denizens dissociate from reality, Snapchat is launching a cartoon series that puts user avatars in the episodes. Read More >>

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Witness Spooky Evidence of Snapchat’s New Face-Swapping Feature

Sometimes social media dipsomania comes into harsh relief, as it did today when the technology wars manifested themselves as the ability to superimpose your face on a cat: aka, Snapchat’s new social drug 'Cameos'. It’s terrifying. Read More >>

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What’s Worse: These Gucci Snapchat Spectacles or the Video Promoting Them?

Despite multiple generations plagued by lacklustre sales, Snap continues to pump out more versions of its try-hard Spectacles. But now, thanks to the release of some limited edition Gucci-themed Spectacles 3, we’re faced with an interesting question. What’s worse, the new Spectacles themselves, or the short film Snap made to promote them? Read More >>

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Snapchat Says It’ll Attempt to Moderate and Fact-Check Political Ads

Snapchat's boss has said he's about to ask staff to fact-check any political adverts that their backers want to appear on the platform, with the company's CEO Evan Spiegel setting up an internal team to monitor and approve all ads that appear to be coming from official campaigning sources. Read More >>

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Snapchat Reportedly Has a Dossier of Dirt on Facebook to Share With the US Government

It looks like Facebook’s anti-competitive bullying tactics may finally be coming back to bite the social media giant. Read More >>

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Snapchat is Once Again Pivoting Back to News

Snap, parent company of Snapchat, is trying to do the whole 'social media platform tries to lure journalistic outfits into producing content for them' thing again, per a report in the Information on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Snapchat Introduces New 3D Lens for Extra Snazzy Selfie Snaps

Snapchat is rolling out a new 3D camera mode although to make a 3D snap, you'll need to have an iPhone X or newer. Read More >>

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SnapChat Rolls out a Bunch of New Features in Its AR Lens Studio so You Can Make Your Own Weird Shit

SnapChat is opening up its Lens Studio so that you can make your own weird and wonderful AR creations in the desktop app. Read More >>

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Instagram is Reportedly Building a New Messaging App Named Threads

Instagram is working on a new messaging app called Threads “meant to promote constant, intimate sharing between users and their closest friends,” the Verge reported on Monday, in what seems like yet another attempt by a Facebook-owned property to edge in on Snapchat’s turf. Read More >>