Snapchat has had a rough 2018, thanks to a despised app redesign it was forced to walk back last week.
Rabid objections from high profile users like Kylie Jenner, as well as a vastly-shared petition, saw the stock price plummet, wiping billions off the company’s value.
Now Snapchat is risking further backlash by pushing everyone’s least favourite kind of ad on users – the kind that can’t be skipped.
AdAge reports unskippable ads for movies like Deadpool 2 and products like the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone have been appearing within the app.
Rather than appearing as pre-roll before content, the six-second ads appear in the middle of videos. As with most non-skippable ads, users see a countdown for how long the ad has left to run.
Snapchat announced last month the forced-view advertisements would be rolling out soon.
However, since 2014, users had been able to skip the advertisements served before video content. It appears that era is coming to an end.
The company’s advertisers had expressed concern users are spending less than 2-seconds watching ads, according to sources speaking to AdAge.
Snapchat will need a find a balance between appeasing advertisers and keeping its users engaged.
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