Snapchat petition clears 725,000 as users express outrage at latest update

A petition to kill the latest version of Snapchat is gathering steam, with more than 700,000 irate users taking to Change.org to demand the removal of the recent update.

We’ve already told you how to undo the 2018 Snapchat update (on iPhones, at least), as well as what you need to do to disable automatic app updates on your phone, but if you want to take things a step further, you can now petition Snap Inc. to reverse the controversial patch.

Started by an Australian Snapchat user called Nic Rumsey, the ‘Remove the new Snapchat update’ petition had some 725,000 signatories at the time of publication on February 13, with people from the UK, Romania and Norway all signing in the seconds to took to tell you it can be found here.

Describing the purpose of his petition, Rumsey writes:

“With the release of the new Snapchat update, many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult…Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeat the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years. This petition aims to help convince Snap Inc. to change the app back to the basics, before this new 2018 update.”

Snapchat users are particularly irked by the fact the new version of the social media app changes the Stories features so that it’s organised by an algorithm that shows you who it thinks you want to Snap with  – regardless of whether or not they’re your Snapchat friends.

Various workarounds have since been discovered to revert to the old app (you’ll find our guide above), but the fact that the petition has more than 100,000 supporters means that the UK government and the White House are now at a point where they ‘consider’ addressing it in public.

Could this be the most spectacular tech fail of all-time? Possibly not (here’s looking at you, Note 7…), but it’s certainly an early favourite for 2018’s biggest geek gaffe.

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