Snapchat hopes these drastic changes will protect users from fake news, which CEO Evan Spiegel says was created by social media because "content designed to be shared by friends is not necessarily content designed to deliver accurate information".
While swiping to the right will bring up a new Discover page which will showcace Snap Map to posts from publishers and influencers. This changes how most of the content is shown to users and also includes some new features.
A small portion of users on iOS and Android will start getting the new update on Friday, and it should be rolled out to everyone within a few weeks. It will feel more personalized over time and with usage, according to Snap.
The goal was to make the app easier to use but Spiegel also noted that the redesign might have a disruptive impact on user engagement in the short term.
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Kensington Palace said that Windsor Castle, a royal residence west of London, had become "a special place" for the couple. The bride-to-be will also become a United Kingdom citizen but the process could take a number of years.
In a move aimed at simplifying Snapchat's historically confusing design, the app is now divided into three main windows: all interactions with friends on the left, the camera in the center, and the Discover page on the right with an endless feed of content from media partners and public figures.
In 2018, users can expect even more change as the company works towards providing Snapchat creators better distribution and monetization opportunities. As with the previous version, the app always opens directly to the camera first.
In addition to shuffling content and friends within the app, Snap is updating the algorithm used for Chat. Swipe left, and all the content from Snap media partners, such as television networks NBC and ESPN, is mixed with curated event videos and "snaps" from internet celebrities.
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He pulled out what police said was later found to be an fake gun, pointing it at the police officer on the first floor. He warned the dispatcher that he had a gun and would shoot at police if they tried to pursue him.
Back in April, we wrote that Snap was shooting itself in the foot by not putting your best friends' Stories first like Instagram does, rather than highlighting the most recently posted Stories which emphasized oversharers you might not care about.
Snapchat is also addressing one of the common critiques of the app - that it was hard to find friends to follow - by taking an algorithmic approach to its friends page. It marks a return, sort of, to auto-advancing stories, which Snap killed last October. A story will be indicated with a blue circle around the friend's name, and the words "Tap to view" will appear below their bubble.
By keeping friend-based communication separate from content created by professionals in the feed, Snap is trying to avoid what it sees as a pitfall of continually requiring users to add more friends to see more content.
Snapchat's redesign draws a clear line in the sand, posing a direct challenge to its competitors like Twitter, Facebook and Facebook's image-sharing app Instagram and breaking from the way most social media - and many digital platforms, broadly - are structured.
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The gunman who killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church earlier this month should never have been carrying a gun. Prospective gun owners filed 203,086 requests to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).