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New Snapchat update draws ire of over 6 lakh users

With the new changes, Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos shared among users that vanish after one day, also now appear with individual Snaps and direct messages

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Earlier in April, Snapchat announced its "Lens Studio" software to allow users to create 2D and 3D Augmented Reality (AR)-based selfie lenses and unlock new filters created by other Snapchat users and artists. IANS

Snapchat’s latest redesign, which was released last week, has not gone down well with many users.

This is evident from the fact that an online petition calling for the removal of the new update has attracted more than 6 lakh signatures.

The “Remove the new Snapchat update” petition, which is hosted on Change.org, was authored by Australian user Nic Rumsey, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The popular photo-sharing app’s latest redesign focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.

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With the new changes, Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos shared among users that vanish after one day, also now appear with individual Snaps and direct messages.

"This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update," petition says. VOA
“This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update,” the petition says. VOA

“Many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use but has, in fact, made many features more difficult,” the petition reads.

“There is a general level of annoyance among users and many have decided to use a VPN app to go back to the old Snapchat, as that’s how annoying this new update has become.

“This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update,” it says.

But the pleas and complaints may fall on deaf ears as the app’s parent firm Snap Inc appears to have no plans to reconsider the original design as of now.

“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,” a Snap Inc spokeswoman was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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Snapchat Launches Lens Challenge to Spread Awareness about Bullying

Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button

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Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is working out ways to spread awareness about bullying on its platform by launching its first ever social impact-based Lens Challenge.

The new Lens, that would prompt the 186 million Snapchatters to describe a time when someone had a positive impact on their lives, comes as part of Snapchat’s extended “Because of You” campaign that was launched last October.

“Tap the ‘Because of You’ Lens Challenge to share a time someone positively impacted his or her life using the special Lens, then send the Snap to the ‘Because of You’ Challenge Story for the chance to be featured in the app,” web portal The Drum reported on Friday.  Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button.

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Snapchat created filters, stickers and Snap Ads against bullying in partnership with US-based non-profit organisation — The Advertising Council also called the Ad Council. Pixabay

Supporting “Bullying Prevention Month” last October, Snapchat created filters, stickers and Snap Ads against bullying in partnership with US-based non-profit organisation — The Advertising Council also called the Ad Council.

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This year, the two collaborate again to co-host a “Creators for Good” summit as part of Snapchat’s ongoing Creator’s Lab workshop series, inviting creators to the Santa Monica Creator’s Lounge to teach them how to use their creative talents to promote social good initiatives.

“Creators for Good” is a programme from the Ad Council that works directly with celebrities, digital content creators and other established and emerging talent to promote important social messages, the report added.  (IANS)