A Snapchat spokesman told CNN Business: “We deeply apologize to the members of the Snapchat community who found this lens offensive.” “A variety of Snap team members participated in developing the concept, but a version of the lens that was launched on Snapchatters this morning was not approved through the review process.”
The spokesman added that he is investigating the cause of this error so that it can be avoided in the future.
Mark S. Loki, a voice diversity advocate and former Facebook manager, chirp
About the filter, describing it as “interesting” and saying “Smile to break the chains? Okay then.” Other people He called her
“Deaf Dialect” on social media.
Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday, celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. A number of companies have given employees a holiday this year after weeks of demonstrations across the country over the death of George Floyd.
Snapchat has faced criticism in the past for other controversial filters, which overlay digital objects and special effects on photos and videos. In 2016, Snapchat was released The lens of Bob Marley
, Which added dreadlocks and dark skin tone, prompting accusations of the black face. a Different lens
In the same year, two smiling eyes and cheek cheeks appeared, which some users called “the yellow surface.”
The parent company, Snapchat, Popping, exploding (Popping, exploding)
, Is a rare technology company that does not report on public diversity. In an interview last week, Snap Snap founder and CTO Bobby Murphy told CNN Business that the company was working on a way to do so. The vast majority of the senior leadership team and board of directors are white.
“We want to be careful not to normalize the numbers across the technology industry, because I think in some cases that everyone is publishing their numbers, it could be a acceptance of the way things are going,” Murphy said. “These diversity numbers are published internally, and we use them as a sign to make progress for ourselves, and our team is actually working on a way to spread these numbers and represent the progress that we at least hope for our company.”