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Snapchat admonished by Rihanna, public over ad promoting domestic violence


By Bennett Bennett, Staff writer

March 15, 2018 | 4 min read

Snapchat has been publicly condemned by singer Rihanna after an offensive ad from in-app game Would You Rather was viewed by users.

Snapchat unveiled its redesign at the end of 2017

Snapchat is once again in hot water as Rihanna responds to an ad promoting domestic violence on the platform.

The app in question asked users “Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown?” in reference to the 2009 incident where the pop artist was physically assaulted by her then-boyfriend. Reaction on social media had been swift.

Snapchat had apologized in a conversation with the BBC, adding,”The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware."

Rihanna took to Snapchat's rival platform Instagram to admonish them via an Instagram story: "Now Snapchat, I know you know you ain't my fav app out there. But I'm just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess. I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb." After showing concern to those who've suffered from acts of domestic violence in the past, she added, "Throw the whole app-oligy away."

Snapchat has built a recent history of incidents that have alienated its audience. Last month, Kylie Jenner and makeup brand Maybelline had complained about the app’s most recent redesign. Snapchat had responded to a group of over 1.2m users who signed a petition asking for the site to revert to its past iteration, saying "We hear you, and appreciate that you took the time to let us know how you feel."

As Instagram, Facebook, and soon Twitter continue to implement features similar to those that Snapchat brought to market first, the platform has reported stalling of user growth. Last month, the company shedded about 24 of its employees in content, engineering, and partnerships in an attempt to "scale internally."

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