Snapchat, the social media platform derived from a need for young people to spread their nude photos to one another in “self destructing” messages, has once again fallen into the pit of controversy.
In reality, there is plenty of evidence to show that Snapchat never really left the pit, but that’s for another time.
The supposedly incognito, Instagram-gone-temporary application, has been skirting with controversy for nearly its entire existence. Knowing fully well that hormonal, underage teens were sharing adult material to one another, with that material spending at least some time traversing the servers of Snapchat, makes them the de facto kings of child pornography – something that we tend to overlook when considering the program.
Now, after giving New York City an abhorrently anti-semitic nickname, the millennial-focused app is under fire once again.
Snapchat has apologized for a major gaffe that labeled New York City “Jewtropolis” on Snap Maps, leading users to blast it as “racist.”
But the blunder – which is impacting the, iOS, Android, and desktop versions of the platform – still hasn’t been fixed.
“Idk, doesn’t “Jewtropolis” strike you as a little racist, @Snap ?” tweeted user @itsnathannow to the official Twitter account of Snapchat’s parent company.
And, in case you had to see it to believe it:
— nathan etc (@itsnathannow) August 30, 2018
Snapchat was quick to blame the issue on third-party mapping software being hacked.
The Snapchat support account blamed the blunder on an apparent hack of Mapbox, the third-party mapping software that powers Snap Maps and other GPS maps like it.
“@pisceschrist Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately,” tweeted the company.
For a company who believed that they would make millions by going public on the stock market, Snapchat has certainly proven, again, that they were not ready for the social media big leagues.