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Snap responds to petition calling for it to scrap its redesign

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, responded on Tuesday to a petition calling for it to reverse its app redesign.

The messaging app did not say it would revert to its prior design, but did say that it will roll out a new update in the coming weeks that introduces tabs to its “Friends and Discover” section.

Snap claimed that this change would make it easier for users to find stories in the app.

At the time of publishing this story, the petition to scrap the redesign had over 1.2 million signatures on the online petition Change.org.

“Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeats the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years,” the petition created by Nic Rumsey reads. “This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc. to change the app back to the basics, before the new 2018 update.”

High profile users like Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen have also publicly vented about the redesign.

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel defended the redesign to investors last week.

After announcing the decision to redesign the app in November, Spiegel said that he expected the business to be negatively impacted in the short-term.  

Snap, which went public in 2017, has faced slower-than-anticipated revenue and user growth amid competition from other image-based social media apps like Instagram.

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