Snapchat Criticized For “Yellowface” Lens

The lens has already been taken out of circulation.

August 10, 2016

On Wednesday, some social media users criticized Snapchat for a filter lens that gave users an anime-like face, with many people claiming that it was "racist" or gave users "yellowface." The company told The Guardian the filter is "anime inspired" and that it would not be going back into circulation. Snapchat also claimed that “Lenses are meant to be playful and never to offend.”


Snapchat was widely panned in April for a special 4/20 filter that gave users blackface. A rep for Snapchat did not immedietely return a request for comment.

Snapchat Criticized For “Yellowface” Lens