The typical Snapchat updates that happen on the regular are usually worth the wait. Platforms providing new features and filters is something that the general public looks forward too. But, this time, for some unclear reason, Snapchat decides, last Thursday to create a rave of transformations including shifting the platforms updated stories and icons, that have left users itching with confusion.
“I didn’t want to update it” states a student from the American University in Dubai, Saba Abu Khader. “Once it automatically happened, I was furious! The placement of my friends stories looks so confusing, I didn’t know how to use it.”
The new Snapchat update, has now combined the individuals shared stories and the direct chat messages from users combined together and leaving the Snapchat Discover page, only based for content from publications and popular content creators.
“What I like about the update, is that my top Snapchat stories or the people I interact with the most on the platform appear as the first stories I can watch, rather than having to scroll and look for the specific stories I want to watch.” states Laveezah Khan, a student at the American University in Dubai.
Snapchat, founded by Evan Spiegel, is one of the top three applications used by several influencers to breach out their content, as well as interact with their users.
Celebrities have responded to the situation, explaining how confused they were with the upgrade. Including Christine Teigen, who stated on her Twitter page, who feels the connection between her and her viewers has been lost.
A petition placed on Change.org which was set-up by Nic Rumsey, a Snapchat user, requested for the platform to be downgraded to its previous version.
More or less, other users have turned to VPN and Jailbreaking hacks to potentially allow them to downgrade to the older version. Snapchat Support responded, on Twitter, to this outbreak warning users that it could potentially prohibit them from using the account.
As of now, Snapchat has not initiated any plans to remove the redesign. Only commenting to The Variety, Mr.Spiegel stated that “Updates as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope the community will enjoy it once they settle in.”
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