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  • Snapchat’s biggest redesign ever is planned to debut on December 4, Business Insider has learned.
  • The new design will still open to the camera, but includes significant layout changes that could affect Snapchat’s publishing partners.
  • The redesigned app is meant to make Snapchat easier to use for most people.

The biggest redesign in Snapchat’s history is planned to debut on Monday, December 4, Business Insider has learned.

In an effort to kick-start stagnant user growth, CEO Evan Spiegel said Tuesday that the app would be redesigned to make it “easier to use” but didn’t specify when the redesign would be released. Snap employees were internally notified of the planned December 4 release date this week, according to a source familiar with the matter.

While Spiegel hinted that Snapchat could adopt some sort of Facebook-like feed system for showing content on Snap’s earnings call with investors Tuesday, the planned redesign will still open to the camera, the source said.

But instead of separating message threads between friends to the left of the camera from their shared “Stories” to the right of the camera, the redesign will show all friend-based communication, including Stories, to the left of the camera. To the left of the camera will be all communication between friends, including message threads and the shared Stories that are currently shown to the right from the camera.

To the right of the camera will be all crowdsourced videos from users around events like sports games, which Snapchat calls “Our Stories,” along with content produced by Snapchat’s publishing partners like NBC and BuzzFeed. The window to the right of the camera will also show Stories from verified celebrities on Snapchat, a move seemingly aimed at further separating interactions between friends and public figures.

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