Snapchat’s feature of Cairo on Monday made Egyptians cringe

Published August 4th, 2015 - 02:17 GMT
Egyptians were the greatest critics of Snapchat's live feature on Cairo. (Flickr/Marwa Morgan)
Egyptians were the greatest critics of Snapchat's live feature on Cairo. (Flickr/Marwa Morgan)

Snapchat once again had Arabs excited for the feature of a Middle Eastern hub, Cairo. What we didn't expect was backlash over who ended up representing the country.

Egyptians were the ones most critical of the video stories that were shown on the social media app, complaining they were not very well-represented in the live feature of their home country's capital.

Many of them complained it was obvious the people taking the video were not originally from Egypt; rather, they were residents of Gulf countries that happened to be in Cairo when the social media giant featured the city.

It's the Snapchat team who decides which live stories are featured, raising the question of how these decisions are made and what kind of audience they're catering for. While the majority of Snapchat users may have loved to see the Nile River in the first 10 seconds of the live feature, Egyptians were not so impressed.

Granted not all Egyptians were disappointed; several of them liked what they saw and defended the Snapchat story.

There is one thing social media users did agree on — how awesome this lady was.

By Hayat Norimine


© 2000 - 2021 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

You may also like

Subscribe

Sign up to our newsletter for exclusive updates and enhanced content