Should Africans worry about Rihanna’s attack on Snapchat

Rihanna causes Snapchat to lose $577 million

Snapchat Stock is down and it’s Rihanna’s fault.

Snapchat stock closed at 1% on last week Friday after Rihanna took to Instagram to announce her displeasure concerning an Ad that appeared while she used the app.

Rihanna is said to have issued a statement on her Instagram account calling out Snap for the ad.

“Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance but I know you ain’t that dumb. You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to Domestic Violence victims and made a joke of it.”

Rihanna and Snapchat
The ad which caused this controversy was one for the popular mobile game, “Would You Rather? This particular ad presented users with two options: “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.”

In response to Rihanna, Snap issued a statement to a news outlet saying “We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again,” the company said.

The incident highlights the dangers of self-service ad platforms, which lets companies buy and submit ads without human negotiation. Many social networks use this method. In its ad policy, Snap says ads submitted to the platform are “subject to our review and policy” and doesn’t allow content that depicts “excessive violence.”

Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer and head of technology research at GBH Insights said “Social media platforms continue to have troubles with catching all offensive ads and content as we have seen from the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Snap dropped the ball on this ad.”

Ives added: “This is a make or break [year] for Snap and although we believe it’s heading in the right strategic direction, the Rihanna backlash and ad is another gut punch for this company to make sure they minimize the speed bumps ahead.”

Rihanna’s negative public statement comes just a few weeks after Kylie Jenner complained about Snap’s redesign.

“Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,” Jenner tweeted, sending Snap’s down 6% and wiping $1.3 billion off the company’s market value. The new format triggered a petition, signed 1.2 million times, to get the original design back.

Snap responded by rolling out tabs for the Friends and Discover sections to quell user concern that its new look is too confusing.


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