A Snapchat update has today removed the Best Friends feature, which allowed users to see the people other users snapped with the most.
It was popular as a slightly invasive way of keeping tabs on who friends or loved ones are talking to or exchanging pictures with the most, and its departure has caused a tide of emotion.
Some rejoiced at being able to communicate more anonymously:
Other felt like they'd lost control over their relationships:
Most simply questioned the health of relationships that require Best Friends snooping:
In response to the complaints, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel tweeted that the feature will be reinstated through a new update this afternoon.
This is the latest example of techno-paranoia, following Whatsapp's introduction of blue ticks that let you know when a friend has seen your messages.
Yesterday, Snapchat introduced Discover, with which it hopes to encourage news organisations to use the site.
The tool allows companies to set up channels that will then send stories and media through the app. Users will click on each of the media companies’ channels and then be shown photos, videos, "awesome long form layouts" and adverts.
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