Snapchat Decides To Troll Facebook with a New Russian Bot Filter

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It is no longer news that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is in some serious mess now following allegations of trading users info with a Russia during the 2016 presidential election to manipulate users into voting for President Trump. These are not the best of times for the Facebook and Instagram owner as the matter has escalated to the point the there is already a treat to shut down Facebook over the matter.

For April Fool’s Day (April 1) this year, Snapchat decided to create a Facebook filter that makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post. The filter, (which was first discovered by popular tech site The Verge), places a Facebook UI around your photo with Cyrillic text, and includes likes from such fictional characters as “your mom” and “a bot.” This is supposed to create a humour for those who understand the joke.

The war between Snapchat and Facebook is not something new. It has been on for a while now. Instagram, also owned by Facebook, has also been accused of stealing Snapchat’s key features, which includes its stories feature and AR filters.

So, Snapchat decided it’s time to hit Facebook where it’s currently hurting the most — the whole Russian bot problem. Approximately 140 million users may have seen Russian propaganda in their news feeds or on Instagram over the course of the 2016 election.

With the filter and use of the word “mom” on the filter, it shows clearly that Snapchat appears to be making fun of Facebook’s older user base. The company had a similar, vaguely funny prank and filter last year called the Whomp Whomp.

There have also been reports of Facebook users already copying their Facebook contents and pasting it into other social media apps like twitter should in case Facebook is asked to shut down its operations.

Do you think Facebook would strike back, or they would just face their problem and how to resolve it?

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  1. Well, Zuckerberg has apologised and sought forgiveness for the mess and as u said it has not stopped the “ditch facebook” trends on twitter and snap.

    I am not totally surprised as these social media apps serve as digital database with unlimited information that is susceptible to infiltration to covert spy programs and surveys, manipulation etc.

    It’s an endless digital world with a lot of vulnerabilities

  2. I don’t think this is the right time to hit snap chat back. They should just focus on cleaning all the mess they’ve caused.

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