Is Snapchat down? Widespread outages reported in UK, US and beyond

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The biggest of these requires users to swipe right to see friends snaps and stories instead of left - which has proven to be a change too far for many users.

Snapchat's highly anticipated redesign has proven to be one of the company's most controversial moves to date. "Exactly. They're not your friend".

They are now on what is being called Friends page.

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As of November 2017, Instagram Stories reportedly had around 300 million daily users, while Snapchat reported about 166 million daily users as of May. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said on the organisation's full-year earnings call recently that the goal of the redesign was to make the program "simpler and easier to work with, particularly for elderly users". Among the complaints: disappearing posts are mixed in with direct messages; updates from friends you contact less frequently are harder to find; and posts shared by celebrities are separated from posts shared by friends. Model and wife of USA singer, John Legend, Chrissie Teigen tweeted that she didn't like feeling that her followers no longer felt like friends as a result. Snapchat has urged against it, saying users risk being locked out. Even the complaints we're seeing reinforce the philosophy. Thousands of creators, those with large followings, will start seeing a barrage of new analytics including view count and demographic analytics on their Snapchat profile.

"That didn't make a on of sense because people weren't focused on the way they were communicating, they were focused on the relationship with their friends".

The redesigned app was rolled out to 40 million users as of last week, and all of its users will have it by the end of this quarter. "As anticipated, it will take time for our community to become used to the changes, but overall, we're satisfied with the first results and will be making the redesign available to our entire community in Q1". It does not disclose its total user base.

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