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“Nic” an avid snapchatter created this petition to reverse the update.

“Nic” an avid snapchatter created this petition to reverse the update.

Madison Lucido

Madison Lucido

“Nic” an avid snapchatter created this petition to reverse the update.

Madison Lucido, Staff Writer

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In this day and age, technology is all that matters to most kids. Back in 2003, MySpace ruled the internet and was the website where teens and young adults could post about their hobbies, music taste, and more. However, nowadays, Snapchat is the new outlet for teens. The ability to send pictures to friends, personalize bitmojis (caricatures of each user personally customized), and post stories are the biggest reasons students are snapchatting people under their desks during class. At this point, it seems as though the large company is only gaining popularity with each update they add. Yet, many high schoolers have been bitter about the most recent changes made.

Instead of having Snap stories (public pictures that last for only 24 hours) on one page, and personal messages on another, Snapchat now places everything on one page. Since the release of the new update, many have said they missed the once-organized platform that has since been replaced with a cluttered mess.

“[The Snapchat update] is horrible! I accidentally send things to the wrong person all the time just because everything is so confusing now,” said junior Maddie Davis.

Not only is the app messier and hard to use, the company decided to create a public stories page. While this may be an interesting way for teens to read up on their favorite magazines like Cosmopolitan or the Daily Mail, many cannot help but notice the overwhelming amount of advertisements placed all over the app.

“The update is terrible! The ads are bad, and honestly, I just want it to go back to the old Snapchat,” said junior Michael Berry.

The once popular five star app, is now down to only two stars according the Apple app store. Over 730,000 reviews have been made about the app. Many of them from teens and young adults pleading with the popular company to undo the update or make some of the changes they have suggested.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel spoke with Goldman Sachs’s Internet and Technology conference about the hated update and how he is actually thrilled with the backlash it has received.

“We’re excited about what we’re seeing so far, the best part is that even some of the complaints we’re seeing reinforce the philosophy [behind the design],” said Spiegel.

This new “philosophy” revolves around the frustrations people have towards the new update and how they actually enforce the major changes that were made.

Even though the CEO of Snapchat himself has stated that he is not planning on undoing this update at any point in the future, teens everywhere are demanding that their needs be met and changes be made to their beloved app.

Madison Lucido
Snapchat has been under fire from users since its recent update.

A snapchatter who goes by the name of “Nic” started a petition on the popular website Change.org. Change.org’s main goal is to create petitions that will bring positive change to the world. The petition has received lots of attention from high schoolers and the media alike. After teens signed the petition themselves, they posted it on other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram to get others to sign. Since the creation of the petition, it has received over 1,200,000 signatures with a goal of 1,500,000.

Since the release of the update almost a month ago, the number of reviews and signatures are going up everyday. Even with the sternness of the Snapchat CEO’s words over their heads, the teens of this generation show no sign of quieting the loud voice that they have.

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