Rihanna has taken to social media to voice her anger at an advert that was posted on Snapchat that she says "intentionally" shames victims of domestic violence.

The ad, which was for a game, appeared to reference Chris Brown's conviction for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, and asked users if they would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".

The singer posed a lengthy statement on her Instagram story on Thursday addressing the since-deleted Snapchat ad, which read: "Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain't my fav app out there!

"But I'm just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!

"You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!

"This isn't about my personal feelings, cause I don't have much of them... but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven't made it out yet... you let us down!"

She concluded: "Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away."

A spokesperson for Snapchat said: "The ad was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines.

"We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened."

Brown was sentenced to five years of probation following the assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 which took place hours before they were due to perform at the Grammy Awards.