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Snapchat redesign is a 'flop' with users

Snapchat’s redesign, which was rolled out at the end of last year, has not gone down well with users. The refreshed look pushed out in the UK, Australia and Canada has proved unpopular, with up to 83% of reviews on the App Store being negative. Many have complained that feeds are no longer chronological and are confusing. Some have contacted Snapchat support on Twitter to air frustrations and asking it to return to the previous version of the app. One user, Leaya Reinhardt, tweeted: Mary Principato tweeted: Tech news site…

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Geordie Shore's Marnie Simpson broke ad rules on Snapchat

Two Snapchat posts by the reality TV star Marnie Simpson have fallen foul of the UK’s advertising rules. The Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother cast member uploaded images of products from two firms that she has business relationships with, without identifying them as adverts. This was judged to be a breach of the rules against “hidden” advertising on social media. It is the first case of its kind to have involved Snapchat. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) normally deals with such matters by ordering offending posts to be deleted…

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Snapchat exhibits virtual Jeff Koons sculptures

Snapchat is displaying virtual sculptures by the artist Jeff Koons at nine locations across the world. The artworks – which include a version of his giant bubble dog and a large multi-coloured pile of Play-Doh – are shown as augmented reality exhibits superimposed over real-world views captured by smartphone cameras. Facebook announced plans for a similar feature earlier this year but has not launched it yet. Early reactions have been mixed. The Techcrunch news site visited one exhibition site in New York’s Central Park and reported experiencing glitches when it…

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws. Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and media freedom advocates. But the Saudi authorities…

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Snapchat: We call police to check facts

Snapchat has said its in-house team of journalists play a key role in helping it cover the news accurately. As an example, the social network told the BBC it had fact-checked user-generated coverage from the recent Charlottesville protests with local police before highlighting the posts. The approach contrasts with that of its rival Facebook. Facebook used to employ an editorial team to curate its trending news section, but disbanded it last year. The larger company now relies on algorithms and external services to help tackle so-called “fake news”. Snapchat’s audience…

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Saudi police arrest woman who wore miniskirt in Snapchat video

Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman Tuesday who appeared in a video posted online in which she wears a miniskirt and crop top, exposing her legs and midriff in violation of the country’s strict dress code for women. The video of the woman, identified online only as Khulood, prompted a debate on social media soon after it was uploaded to Snapchat over the weekend. It was rapidly shared across the internet by people who supported her display and by those who opposed it, resulting in an official investigation. Play…

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Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time. In a letter seen by the BBC, one school said the map raised “serious safeguarding concerns” because children could be tracked on the map. But Snap, the company behind Snapchat, says the feature is opt-in and can be switched off at any time. What is Snap Map? Snap Map was launched on 21 June and lets people…

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