Others, Muslim and otherwise, openly thanked Snapchat for exposing the world to a side of Islam that is often overshadowed by extremisms:

Several non Muslims were so impressed by the images coming out of Mecca that they said it made them want to convert—a sentiment that was embraced by Muslims, but caused skepticism, too:

This is not the first time Snapchat is at the center of conversations amongst, or about, Muslims. Earlier this month, the platform was criticized for its handling of a West Bank Live feed, which critics accused of underplaying the Israeli occupation because it didn’t show Israeli soldiers in the area.

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