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Users Clueless on Snapchat’s Global Outage

Snapchat's parent company Snap was yet to issue a statement on why this happened again or resolve the issue

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Popular photo-messaging app Snapchat suffered a major outage on Monday, with users saying they were unable to send snaps to their friends and family members.

At least 15,000 people reported the outage on DownDetector.com, with issues largely affecting the US, Canada and Europe.

Netizens took to Twitter to react to the Snapchat issues, with an outpouring of memes.

“Me on my bed waiting for snapchat to start working again #snapchatdown,” a user wrote.

“Everyone coming to twitter to make sure it’s not just their snapchat that’s down #snapchatdown,” another user tweeted.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

Some, however, reported they could still send messages.

In May, users in Europe and some parts of the US reported that te popular photo-messaging app stopped working for them.

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Instead of showing the usual filters and lenses or the ability to send messages, Snapchat simply failed to load.

Snapchat’s parent company Snap was yet to issue a statement on why this happened again or resolve the issue. (IANS)

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We Fact-checks All Political Ads, Claims Snapchat

According to experts, the onus is now on Facebook to take action which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

While Facebook faces the ire over presence of misleading and fake political ads on its platform, Snapchat has said it fact-checks all political ads and does not allow misinformation to sneak through its platform.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the company subjects all advertising to review, including political advertising.

“What we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters, we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising,” Spiegel told CNBC on Monday.

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump’s campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform.

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Snapchat’s comment on political ads came after Twitter on November 15 officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform.

No political content will be promoted from candidates, parties, governments or officials, public accounts committees (PACs) and certain political non-profit groups, said Twitter.

“Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought,” the micro-blogging platform said on Friday.

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On October 31, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had tweeted: “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics.”

According to experts, the onus is now on Facebook to take action which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads. (IANS)