Snapchat Is Stealing Art For Their Filters


Snapchat filters have been the best thing to happen to selfies. Everyone looks good in the flower crown and even with the dog face. Some of them are a little too aggressive though. The happy face that turns demonic when you open your mouth is the stuff of nightmares. I have lost sleep over the one that replaces your eyes with your mouth. But how do they come up with it?

It turns out, on more than one occasion, Snapchat stole the artwork of makeup artists and used them as a filter.

Those are just two instances in which Snapchat was accused of stealing artwork. They were also under fire for stealing the work of Alexander Khokhlov that was featured on the front page of Scientific American Mind magazine. After being called out so many times, Snapchat released a statement addressing the accusations.

The creative process sometimes involves inspiration, but it should never result in copying. We have already implemented additional layers of review for all designs. Copying other artists isn’t something we will tolerate, and we’re taking appropriate action internally with those involved.

What a half-assed attempt at being sincere. They’re clearly only sorry they got caught. Could they really not come up with filters on their own? Here’s an idea: make a filter that makes you at least look sorry.

[via Cosmopolitan]

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A born and raised Jersey girl, she can always be found covered in sand and pizza sauce. Her personal brand is "that girl." She prefers wine in bottles because she thinks outside of the box. Send fan mail to or by smoke signal.

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