Rihanna Tells Fans To Delete Snapchat For Mocking Domestic Violence Victims


Pop singer Rihanna criticized Snap Inc. for running an ad that asked users to decide whether they wanted to slap her or punch Chris Brown, saying it made a joke of her history as a victim of domestic violence.

Snapchat removed the ad, which was placed by a mobile-gaming company, and apologized, saying it was a mistake. The Los Angeles-based company didnโ€™t immediately have further comment on Rihannaโ€™s criticism. Snap stock fell almost 5 percent.

โ€œNow Snapchat I know you already know you ainโ€™t my fav app out there,โ€ she wrote Thursday in an Instagram story, โ€œbut Iโ€™m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! Iโ€™d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ainโ€™t that dumb!โ€

She said Snap let down victims of domestic violence, which she experienced while dating Brown in 2009. โ€œShame on you.โ€

Snap shares slid 4.8 percent to $17.07 at 12:50 p.m. in New York. Rihannaโ€™s note was the latest round of celebrity criticism of Snapchat, an app that lets people send photos and messages that disappear. Reality-TV star Kylie Jenner earlier this year criticized a redesign of the app.


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