Of course, it’s fast becoming a stale news that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg found himself in hot seat following accusations of trading users’ private data with Russia during the 2016 presidential election to manipulate handlers into voting for President Donald Trump. The past few weeks has been hell for the social media giant to an extent that there’s been threat to shut down Facebook over the matter.
On April Fool Day (April 1) this year, Snapchat created a Facebook filter that makes it looks like a Russian bot 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 hostilities between Snapchat and Facebook did not start today. It has been on for a while now. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, was accused of stealing Snapchat’s key features, which includes its stories feature and AR filters.
So Snapchat took to add salt to injury by hitting back on 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 that Snapchat seems to been 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.
Well, we are waiting for the next action from Facebook or will the company take off its eyes from the troll and move on to clear the dirt on its corridor.