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Ah, Snapchat, the app loved by face-pulling pranksters and stealthy sexters everywhere. The app's seen a decline of late ever since Instagram introduced its 'Stories' function but some have stayed loyal to the little yellow-backed ghost.
Well, that may be about to change as many of the remaining active users of Snapchat seem mightily annoyed by the app's fiddly new update.
Some of them have even said they'll abandon the app entirely unless Snapchat reverses the update, which completely removes the app's 'Stories' page.
To see your friends' stories, you have to flick through the 'Friends page' on the left side of the screen where all your personal Snapchats have also been moved. It's made using the app a massive faff, basically.
Snapchat's introduction of the update hasn't been a sudden shock - it announced the upcoming change to its users last November, describing it as a 'whole new Snapchat'.
On its blog, the app said it would begin to separate the 'social from the media' in a bid to combat the rise of fake news and address 'many of the problems that plague the Internet today'.
"Until now, social media has always mixed photos and videos from your friends with content from publishers and creators," Snapchat said on its news page.
"While blurring the lines between professional content creators and your friends has been an interesting Internet experiment, it has also produced some strange side-effects (such as fake news) and made us feel like we have to perform for our friends rather than just express ourselves.
"The new Snapchat separates the social from the media. This means the Chats and Stories from your friends are on the left side of Snapchat and the Stories from publishers, creators and the community are on the right."
Snapchat has also introduced a 'dynamic' new Friends page to the left of the camera, which uses an algorithm to display your friends based on how often you chat with them.
The update marks a clear shift for Snapchat, which seems jointly inspired by Instagram encroaching on its turf and a genuine attempt to make the Internet a better place.
But while Snapchat is confident with the changes, its audience definitely isn't, as many of them took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the 'disgusting' new update:
um @Snapchat what's with the new update?!?! it's ugly fam
- fronk roast me plz (@house_of_uries) January 9, 2018
It's been an amazing 5 year ride. @Snapchat I just hate your update I'm sorry. pic.twitter.com/mFrfwAT4c7
- Katie (@KTsimcik) January 10, 2018
sorry @Snapchat but kinda disappointed in this new update. it was meant to make things easier & more organised and honestly right now it's making it more of a chore to use, so until things change again this definitely wont be my favourite social media app anymore #snapchat
- C :flag_au: (@CXGXRX) January 9, 2018
"Um @Snapchat what's with the new update?!?! it's ugly fam," one person tweeted.
"It's been an amazing 5 year ride. @Snapchat I just hate your update I'm sorry," another added.
"Sorry @Snapchat but kinda disappointed in this new update," a third user added. "It was meant to make things easier & more organised and honestly right now it's making it more of a chore to use, so until things change again this definitely wont be my favourite social media app anymore."
While some users have found a way of reverting the update, sharing it in response to these tweets, it looks like some users have abandoned Snapchat for good.
Seems like Snapchat can't win at the moment. Shame.
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