Today Snapchat launched Discover, a new feature where editorial partners like CNN, Vice, and Comedy Central can broadcast clips along with what Snapchat describes as “gorgeous advertising” in a blog post. It’s a big new direction for the app.
However, on Twitter, teens who use the app aren’t talking about the new feature. Instead, they’re working through a Gordian knot of emotions over the fact that today’s update eliminated the “best friends” feature.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel tweeted this afternoon that they WILL bring back the “best friends” feature:
Previously, Snapchat allowed users to see who they snapped with most, as well as the ability to see who everyone else’s top friends were. Woe to anyone whose girlfriend or boyfriend noticed some interloper in the top spot. Now that the feature is gone, people are speculating that users will feel emboldened to disseminate their snaps all over town without reprisal from their partners. It’s not martial teen law out there. Be safe, kids.
Don’t believe me? Let’s 21 Jump Street this sucker and drop in on what the hot buzz with the kids is:
- The Dakota Access Pipeline will no longer cross under a river near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a major victory for protesters.
- A man was arrested Sunday after he brought a gun into a pizza spot named in a Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory. Here's how "Pizzagate" was spread.
- The death toll from Oakland's warehouse party fire has risen to 33. "We're expecting the worst and hoping for the best," officials said Sunday.
- A woman clapped back at her anti-gay neighbor using festive rainbow Christmas lights 🎄👏