Snapchat adds new ‘flood filter’ in response to heavy rains across the region
Snapchat has added a new filter to their application allowing users to video themselves over an animation of floodwater.
Many users in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said they found the filter useful after heavy rains flooded the region recently.
“Even Snapchat has felt our suffering from the floods…. So much so that they created a new filter just for us,” Saudi social media star Ibrahim Basha tweeted.
Bahraini user Salman Dhaif also tweeted another video of himself using the filter saying “because of how much we’ve been showing snaps of the floods, Snapchat went ahead with the new filter”.
من زود مالناس قاعده تحط في سناب عن ماي المطر في الشوارع، سناب سوو فلتر مال الماي pic.twitter.com/AJtQEcfcrU— سلمان ضيف (@salmanmazenn) February 18, 2017
It appears the new filter is not geo-specific to the region as users from California, which has also been experiencing unseasonal rain, after a year of drought, were also posting videos of themselves with the filter.
Heavy rains in eastern, central and southern parts of Saudi Arabia has transformed some neighborhoods into water canals in recent days.
Volunteer groups and civil defense vehicles helped citizens who were trapped in their cars, amid many warnings urging people to stay home.