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Snapchat unveils app update with big changes to Friends, Discover and Stories

Snapchat unveils app update with big changes to Friends, Discover and Stories

The Discover page will also include Snapchat's Publisher Stories section, as well as the editorially produced packages from users' snaps known as Our Stories, and content from the Snap Map, Official Stories and accounts users subscribe to.

To access chats, stories and messages from contacts, users now have to swipe left. This has been true to a point in the past, but the popular Stories feature previously grouped friends and brands together. Furthermore, the update has moved the management of users' own Stories to their Profile page, and each group chat will now automatically have its own optional group story. Just because someone has many followers, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll be promoted on Discover: Snapchat's on-staff moderators will still approve everything that appears on the page.

Users should start seeing major changes to the Snapchat app in the coming weeks, just in time for the update's expected December 4 launch.

"Social media fueled "fake news" because content created to be shared by friends is not necessarily content created to deliver accurate information", Spiegel wrote.

The redesign will be available to users starting in the next few weeks.

The camera will still be the focus of this new-look Snapchat, working as the center point for the app.

The redesigned app will still open to the camera screen, but when users swipe left they'll see snaps from friends ranked based on new content and how frequently they interact.

Meanwhile, advertisers and investors are using the social media giant as a benchmark for the much smaller company's potential.

The new algorithm approach to curating content could help personalize the content to Snapchat users, and show each person only what they're most likely to watch.

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The redesign also addresses criticisms from users that the app is hard to navigate and unintuitive.

The update is a bit more than just a simple separation, though.

Snap stock initially ticked higher after the new details about the Snapchat redesign were released, but it didn't take long for the shares to erase the gains and tumble into the red. It's not too different from the Snapchat you already know, but it does signal a lot of the more philosophical differences that define the company.

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