Snapchat helped spread awareness of Diwali, one of the biggest Indian festivals of the year, through a “story.” Snapchat, the ephemeral picture mobile app, sent out a fleeting story that showed gorgeous pictures from the Hindu festival of lights Thursday.
Twitter users flocked to the social media site to talk about some of the pictures they observed. Some people said they never heard of the festival before, but became infatuated with it.
Loving the snapchats of Diwali in India. Soooooo pretty
— Linzi. (@linzieckley) October 23, 2014
Happy Diwali to everyone around the world, not going to lie diwali in india looks amazing
— ⠀ (@Londoncityy) October 23, 2014
Some wanted to attend.
Someone wanna take me to Diwali in india??
— Marie Griner (@marieg551) October 23, 2014
Omg I’m loving the Diwali in India Snapchat stories! Makes me wanna be there
— Nida Hyder (@NiderHyder) October 23, 2014
Not everyone was a fan. Apparently some Twitter users complained about one of the day’s top-trending topics. But others were there to defend the Indian holiday.
The fact that people are actually upset about Snapchat showing Diwali in India is actually disgusting.
— diva boy from vine (@babiebruiser) October 23, 2014
the diwali in India snapchats are so cool how are people even annoyed by it
— ✖️ (@Nxshty_) October 23, 2014
Some saw the “Diwali in India” trend as a type of ignorance in the U.S.
Only click Diwali in India trending topic feed if you want to see a ton of yt ppl who are willfully ignorant about anything outside the US
— ephfrighthinker (@ephphathinker) October 23, 2014
Others thanked Snapchat for the story, as it allowed them to catch the festival of lights.
Snapchat is mad clutch I’ve always wanted to know about Diwali in India
— Scott Berube (@scottberube39) October 23, 2014
Thank god for snapchat putting in the Diwali in India event I was scared I was gonna miss it
— ɑlyssɑ ℓօbısı (@drop_it_LObisi) October 23, 2014
Even though Snapchat was widely praised Thursday, the mobile app was criticized by some after the “Snappening.” Thousands of personal photos leaked on 4chan and Reddit, with Reddit quickly banning the pictures since many of them contained lewd images of underage girls.
Snapchat denied there was a flaw in its server, and it was later revealed that a third-party app, Snapsaved, was responsible for the leak. “SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database,” Snapsaved said. An anonymous administrator said the site was hacked.
“The content released from [Snapsaved] was provided to us by the administrator of the site,” the anonymous hacker said. “Users could freely browse all media on this website… . When the site became unusable, the administrator compiled a full directory of the content and uploaded it to an un-indexed website where you could freely download it.”
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