Snapchat is accused of whitewashing

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Snapchat is Accused of Whitewashing

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Snapchat filters are meant to be fun, but now, the app's feature is being accused of being racially insensitive.

Specifically, users are complaining the app is making people in photos look more white. In particular, they're calling out the flower crown filter and the beautifying filter.


One Twitter user wrote, "Am I the only one who thinks that the flower headband filter on snapchat makes you look awkwardly white and fake?"

Another tweeted, "why does every snapchat filter try to make me look white?"

While some people don't like the filter, plenty of people love it and went into mourning when Snapchat removed it from the app for a time.

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Snapchat is accused of whitewashing
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One woman on Twitter took the time to write to Snapchat, saying, "I'm assuming its some sort of SICK JOKE that you have removed the beauty filter when the dog is STILL THERE?"

The app has come under fire for their filters before, like the Bob Marley app that gave people darker skin and dreads.

After all of these controversies, it may be time for Snapchat to enter the #NoFilter club.

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