Brown and Rihanna ad pulled by Snapchat

From BBC - March 13, 2018

Snapchat has removed an advert from its platform that it says "makes light of domestic violence".

The advert, which is for a game, asks users if they would "rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".

It appears to reference Chris Brown's conviction for assaulting Rihanna in his car in 2009 while they were dating.

Snap told told Newsbeat the advert, which was only published in the US, was published "in error" and had been removed immediately.

Ads on the social media platform are subject to a review process, while it also has a list of banned content.

Snap said: "The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware."

"We are sorry that this happened," it added.

American activist Brittany Packnett picked up on a tweet from Royce Mann, which called the ad "tone deaf".

The daughter of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Chelsea, said the advert being approved was "awful".

Other Twitter users have called it "disgusting" and "disrespectful".


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