New Snapchat filters receive complains from trans people

A couple of weeks ago, Snapchat released three new filters that allow the user to switch between looking like a man, woman or a baby. These filters proved to be a hit among Internet users, creating a barrage of memes and stories featuring the filters.

However, while many trans individuals acknowledged that the filter is fun, for some it’s been jarring to see their social networks manipulating their gender so casually. One of them calling it “unsettling” because she’s “spent the last five years trying to feminize my appearance.”

Criticisms also comes because for cisgender people, “At the end of the day, you get to just turn it off and it’s not sort of a reality for you.”. Out Magazine adds that the filter “makes a joke out of transitioning.” Assistant professor, Cáel Keegan, says “It’s a privilege to be able to play with being a different gender.”

In the past, many apps such as the FaceApp, have allowed people to change the appearance of their gender.

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