- Business Insider
Snapchat will no longer make daily “Live Stories” for cities, the company confirmed on Wednesday.
A Snapchat spokesperson said that less than 20 employees who curate local Live Stories will lose their jobs as a result.
The news was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed by Snapchat to Business Insider.
“A small number of Local Story curator positions were eliminated in our Los Angeles and New York offices, as the result of changes to our Local Story coverage,” Snapchat said in a statement. “We’re thankful for the contributions from these team members.”
Local Live Stories, which featured videos submitted by Snapchat users in a particular city from the past 24 hours, were shown in Snapchat’s app next to its coverage of big events like the VMAs, political debates, and sports games.
A spokesperson said that Snapchat will still use editors to curate Live Stories for important local and national news events. But the app will no longer broadcast a 24-hour story about what’s happening in a certain city.
Snapchat isn’t the first social network to recently cut back on the human involvement in its news coverage. Facebook recently fired the human editors who curated its Trending news section and replaced them with an algorithm-driven system.