Rihanna urges fans to delete Snapchat after their ad makes light of Chris Brown domestic abuse case

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 16, 2018, 03:08 AM(IST)

File photo of Rihanna. Photograph:( Others )

Days after Snapchat took a sly dig at Rihanna and Chris Brown's abusive relationship in an advert, Rihanna has urged fans to delete Snapchat. 

"SNAPCHAT I know you know you ain`t my fav app out there! But I`m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!," the singer wrote on her Instagram story on Thursday. "You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!," she added, referring to domestic violence. "Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away."

Snapchat had apologised and took down the advert on its platform for a mobile video game called "Would You Rather!" after they received severe crictsicm from singer's fans.

Shares of Snap Inc, the company that makes the app, were down 4.7 percent in trading on Thursday. 

The ad showed pictures of Rihanna and Brown with the captions "Slap Rihanna" and "Punch Chris Brown." Both the ad and the game were unaffiliated with Snapchat.

R&B singer Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009 in an incident that made headlines around the world when a photo of her bruised face was released. 

Snapchat on Thursday said the ad was "disgusting and never should have appeared on our service."

"We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier, in February, the company shares lost about $1.5 billion in market value after social media celebrity Kylie Jenner, who has as many as 105 million Instagram followers, tweeted that she did not like the Snapchat site`s redesign.

Dozens of fans on Thursday tweeted that they were following Rihanna`s call to delete the Snapchat app.

(With inputs from Reuters) 

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