Snapchat has removed its anime filter after people thought it was racially insensitive

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The company said the filter was inspired by Japanese animation.

Snapchat has removed one of its filters that people say promoted racist Asian stereotypes.

The social media app has numerous filters – also called lenses – which allow people to change their appearance with silly faces or morph themselves into cartoonish animals and other characters.

One filter that Snapchat says was inspired by Japanese animation placed slanted eyes on a user’s face – but it was met with heavy criticism from users on Twitter.

Los Angeles-based Snapchat quickly pulled the filter and said it will not be used again. The company says its filters “are meant to be playful and never to offend”.