Over 643,000 Irked Snapchat Users Sign Petition To Reverse Its Latest Redesign
By Yoon Sann Wong, 13 Feb 2018
Image via Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com
Change isn’t always embraced with open arms. In the case of Snapchat’s latest redesign, not only are some users being less than hospitable, but also full-fledged resisting the alterations.
Since its release last week, over 643,000 users have already signed a petition, initiated by Australian user Nic Rumsey, calling upon the social media platform to revert to its former design.
Snapchat’s overhaul involved parting “media content” from that of “friends,” as well as other interface tweaks. Snapchat ‘Stories’, where videos and images shared by friends disappear after 24 hours of upload, are now viewable with individuals ‘Snaps’ and direct messages.
At time of writing, ‘Remove the new Snapchat update’ petition hosted on Change.org, has garnered 643,140 signatures.
“With the release of the new Snapchat update, many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult,” reads the petition.
“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. Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeats the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years.”
“This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc. to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update.”
One signatory explained under the ‘comments’ section of the petition, “I am signing because Snapchat is my favourite app, me and my friends use it all the time. I find this update confusing and childish-looking and I am considering no longer using it as long as the update stays.”
Meanwhile, others including celebrities such as model Christine Teigen and comedian Grayson Dolan, took to Twiiter to voice out their confusion and frustration, which you can view below.
Despite the flak that the redesign’s received, parent company Snap Inc. announced that it has no plans to revert to the original design. A spokeswoman from the company explained inside a statement “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.”
I’m seeing this same comment so often. I liked that you guys felt like we were friends. I’m sad it doesn’t feel like that anymore. How many people have to hate an update for it to be reconsidered? https://t.co/PI7OAf9Qlg— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 9, 2018
I’ve had the Snapchat update for a few days now and still haven’t figured out the equation. I’m so confused. Do any of you guys have the answer key?— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) February 10, 2018
The Snapchat update is a bigger mess than that one notebook I’ve been using for all my classes, starting on whatever page I open to and storing all my papers under the front cover— Dory (@Dory) February 11, 2018
me trying to find my friends Snapchat stories after the update pic.twitter.com/Y8bE4epDUS— fairy god mom (@lyxopk) February 11, 2018
It’s not possible to revert to a previous version of Snapchat, but we are happy to help with any questions you may have about the— Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) January 11, 2018
[via The Guardian, main image via Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com]
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