Snapchat, Instagram Pull Giphy Integration After Users Find Extremely Racist GIF

Facebook subsidiary Instagram and stumbling competitor Snapchat have both disabled GIF-embedding service Giphy after an extremely racist image began spreading on the platform, TechCrunch reported. Read More >>

Oh God, Not Spectacles 2.0

Despite a big splash that had at least one asshole waiting in line for 5 hours just for the opportunity to buy a pair, the original Snap Spectacles were a flop. Snap sold only about 150,000 pairs and was forced to write off $40 million dollars in costs “related to Spectacles inventory.” Many companies would, perhaps, reconsider releasing a second, barely different version if the company couldn’t even move the first version. But according to a new report from Cheddar, that is exactly what Snap plans to do. Read More >>

Happy Pokémon Day! Have Some Snapchat Filters

On the off-chance that you fit into the sub-section of people who both (a) still use Snapchat and (b) like Pokémon enough to let the pocket monsters seep into your everyday life, you might want to pay attention. It's Pokémon Day — yes, Pokémon have their own day (what doesn't?) — and to celebrate, Snapchat will be adding three new Poké-themed filters for you to use for a limited time. Read More >>

Stock Price Tumble Teaches Snapchat What Happens When You Disappoint Kylie Jenner

Snapchat has long positioned itself as the place for advertisers to reach millennials while its closest competitor, Facebook, is stuck with the olds. But on Thursday, Snap executives got a lesson in the terrifying, fickle nature of its young influencers, to the tune of a $1.3 billion (£930 million) loss. Read More >>

Snapchat User Known as ‘Lol Atyou’ Charged With Sexual Assault in Revenge Porn Extortion Plot

A 27-year-old man in London, Ontario, Canada allegedly sexually exploited women online under the username “Adaskio” on Tinder and “El Hefe” and “Lol Atyou” on Snapchat. Read More >>

Snapchat’s Redesign Isn’t Going Anywhere

This month, more than a million keyboard-wielding, moderately frustrated users petitioned Snapchat to roll back its big redesign—the one Snap delicately introduced over the course of a few months and said would be “disruptive.” Miraculously, this petition has achieved something, albeit on the smallest of scales. Read More >>

Android Users Can Restore the Old Snapchat Design With Some Fiddling

I've used Snapchat in the past, and while I can see the appeal of sending self-destructing images and videos I never quite figured out how to navigate the UI. It was cluttered and the controls did't make much sense to me, which probably means I can officially label myself as "old". But people love that design. So much so that they launched a million+ signature petition to get rid of the new one. Read More >>

Snapchat CEO Is Totally Chill About How You Hate the Redesign

Hell hath no fury like a litany of teens shitting on an app redesign. And it seems that’s exactly what happened with Snapchat’s latest update, prompting over a million users to take some mild action in protest of the changes. But CEO Evan Spiegel is spinning this fury, somehow, as a sign of success. Read More >>

1 Million People Take Mild Action in Protest of Snapchat Update

People love to complain about app updates before eventually accepting the change and forgetting what the previous iteration was like altogether. But so far that is not the case with the latest Snapchat update. Some users are furious over the app’s “disruptive” redesign—and rightfully so, it’s a goddamn mess—and the amount of signatures on a petition signals just how many people are tepidly losing their shit over it. The online petition, as of Thursday, has surpassed one million signatures and counting. Read More >>

Study Backs Up Creeping Feeling That Facebook Is Just for Old People Now

Is Facebook losing itself to the olds? A new US-based study released from research firm eMarketer predicts Facebook lost 2.8 million users under the age of 25 last year in the States alone as many of them move to the aggressively youthful Snapchat. Read More >>

Snapchat Threatens Employees With Jail as Facebook Lets It Starve

A starkly threatening internal memo to Snapchat employees was leaked to Cheddar early Friday, painting a desperate picture of the struggling young company. In a Sisyphean twist, the leaked memo was about preventing leaks. Michael O’Sullivan, chief lawyer and general counsel of Snapchat’s parent company, threatened firing, lawsuits, and even jail time for employees who leak confidential information to the press. Read More >>

Parents Should Ban Kids From “Particularly Addictive” Snapchat, Argues Children’s Commissioner

There's always a concern when it comes to kids and technology, whether it's video games, television, the internet, or social media apps. That last one is the latest concern to do the rounds, with the UK Children's Commissioner claiming parents should ban children from using Snapchat for being "particularly addictive". Read More >>

The ASA Isn’t Having Any of Snapchat’s Captain Morgan Lens Filter

Snapchat is a wildly popular app, especially with teenagers, that includes a number of special lenses that alter the way you look. It's also the perfect place for sponsorship, with companies all over the world developing branded lenses for people to play with. One of those companies was Diaego, with a Captain Morgan-themed lens, and the Advertising Standards Authority is having none of it. Read More >>

10 Hyped Tech Companies, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on how the year went for some of the most attention-grabbing tech companies, ordered here conveniently from most screwed to least screwed. Read More >>

Snap’s H.R. Chief Allegedly Warned Staff About Serial Killers, Described Military Masturbation Techniques

Snap Inc., the tech company behind Snapchat and a number of other smaller projects like Bitmoji, has not had a forgiving year beyond a really cool virtual reality hot dog. Here’s something to shed a little more perspective on its recent troubles: Their head of human resources is allegedly a bro who brags about gunfights with drug dealers and tells employees to watch out for serial killers. Read More >>