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Snapchat mocks FB election interference scandal with Russian bot filter

Snapchat's filter was only available on April Fools' Day

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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Photo-sharing platform on April Fools' Day trolled by introducing a filter that makes it appear as if a has liked your post.

The filter places a user interface around a user's photo with Cyrillic script-like text and even includes likes from "your mum" and "a bot", The Verge reported late on Sunday.

Snapchat's filter was only available on April Fools' Day.

The filter targeted following reports that said more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US

Last year, trolled Facebook with a filter that gets like from "my_mom" showing Facebook's older-skewing user base.

Facebook has been facing intense criticism after it emerged that data of about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to political consultancy firm

The London-based political research organisation, which collaborated with the election campaign of in the run up to the 2016 US vote, used the leaked information to develop a computer programme to predict the decisions of US voters and influence them.


First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 17:14 IST