The social network, which is owned by Facebook, has been embroiled in a public spat over the use of its messaging app Snapchat by news organisations, and it has now been forced to issue a public apology.
The company said that while it did not use the service for its own news business, it does support news organisations with news content.
“We have a long history of working with news organisations around the world,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, some of their content has been posted by our news partners without our permission or knowledge, and we have taken action to remove the content from our platform.”
As a result, we have suspended our use of Snapchat for all news partners.
“The statement said that it had previously worked closely with news outlets to ensure they would only post content that they could verify and ensure they were not misrepresenting the truth.”
This is the second time we have seen a news organisation post false or misleading information about Snapchat to our platform, and the first time we had to remove that content,” it said.
News organisations, including the Associated Press, BuzzFeed and the Guardian, have used Snapchat to share stories from around the globe, including in Syria.”
It’s a way to get our news and information to people, but it also creates a great opportunity for people to create fake news stories and then publish them online,” said Emily Coyle, a journalism professor at the University of Nottingham.”
That’s why we have been so concerned about fake news in the last few years.
“The AP said that some of its stories had been published by fake news websites and that the content was “fake”.”
We’ve had a number of people ask us to remove this content from Snapchat.
We’ve taken it down, but the content is still there,” said the news organisation’s senior editor of content and editorial practice, Matthew Clements.”
The AP does not and will not knowingly publish false information about anyone.
We’ll continue to do our part to ensure we keep our community safe.
“Snapchat was created in 2014 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive.
It has a billion users worldwide, but has struggled to monetise its content.
In the first half of 2017, it reported a revenue loss of $17.6 million.