WEB DESK: A Snapchat application allowed millions of people around the world to see the holy city of Mecca, through live stream videos and photos.
Almost 300,000 people tweeted #Mecca_live as part of a campaign to get Snapchat to feature the Saudi city – which is closed to non-Muslim visitors – on their app.
Snapchat launched its “live” feature last year. It allows users to contribute videos and pictures to a live stream, which, like other content on the app, disappears after a short period of time.
Many of the hundreds of thousands of Saudis campaigning for Mecca to be featured on Snapchat hope the coverage will show the beauty of the pilgrimage. And for outsiders, it could serve as an interesting way to see a rarely viewed event – non-Muslims aren’t allowed in the city.