The+Filter%2C+Which+Darkens+A+User%27s+Skin+Tone%2C+Has+Been+Accused+Of+Being+The+Digital+Equivalent+Of+%27Blackface%27
Thursday, 21 April 2016 - 14:34
The Filter, Which Darkens A User's Skin Tone, Has Been Accused Of Being The Digital Equivalent Of 'Blackface'
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A new filter released by Snapchat that makes users look like Bob Marley has caused a storm on social media, with many describing it as “digital blackface”.

Fans of the iconic Jamaican singer, who died in 1981, have expressed anger at the filter released on Wednesday morning, arguing that it alters the user’s skin colour to make them appear darker as well as more angular, adding dreadlocks and a Rastafarian cap.

A spokesperson for Snapchat, contacted by the Huffington Post, assured angry fans that the project was undertaken with the permission of, and in partnership with, the Bob Marley Estate.

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