Like the rest of the world, we love Snapchat, but one of its lesser loved features is the fact you have hold onto the button with your thumb to view a snap, which means one of your hands is always tied up with the app. But according to the rising social media platform's CEO Evan Spiegel, this could soon be removed...

At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Spiegel revealed that Snapchat is considering getting rid of this mechanism, so users no longer have to hold their digits to the button to play snaps from friends. Acknowledging that "it's annoying to hold your finger there," Spiegel also said the platform could be introducing longer video content and other types of media.

The reason Snapchat decided to launch with the hold down button was to protect its user's privacy and to discourage screenshotting, but this is now taken care of by the platform's own screenshot detection API. Snapchat’s Discover feature already does not require the user to hold down their finger to view content.

Spiegel also revealed that Snapchat logs over 100 million daily active users, with 65% of them creating content.

Will you be happy to see the back of the hold-to-view mechanism?

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