Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Snap has a new message for all the Snapchat redesign haters

Snap has a new message for all the Snapchat redesign haters

That petition has managed to attract more than 1.2 million signatures, and while the more cynical among us would argue that such a number still wouldn't be enough to get Snapchat to care, that may not actually be the case in this particular instance.

However, some Snapchat users were exhausted of seeing stories and Snaps with the temperature on them.

On Tuesday, parent company Snap announced a new update meant to make it easier for users to view content they want to see. The update has started to rollout for both iOS and Android users, however, it is phased so not everybody may have the feature on the app right away. Numerous new features, the petition argues, are "useless or defeats the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years".

The app update redesigned how stories are sorted so that users have more clear distinctions between content from people they know, and content from brands and celebrities.

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In an official response on Change.org, where user Nic Rumsey posted a petition called "Remove the new Snapchat Update", the Snapchat team wrote that they "completely understand the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many".

We hear you, and appreciate that you took the time to let us know how you feel.

In the coming week, Snapchat is rolling out new tabs on the Friends and Discover pages. During a conference speech last week, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel essentially said "get used it", when discussing the update.

Yesterday, Snapchat put out a statement in direct response to the petition, which you can read below. "Some of the complaints we are seeing are reinforcing our philosophy", he said. The same is true for the new Discover page, which will also "adapt to you the more that you use it". Along with the new design changes, the update will also include a new way to filter friends with active Stories, Group Chats, and Subscriptions.

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