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This article was published on October 14, 2015

Snapchat has breaking news filters in its Stories

Snapchat has breaking news filters in its Stories
Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

Snapchat has shown off many different slices of life around the world in its ‘Stories’ feature, but something interesting popped up in the story for Los Angeles. It appears the startup has a ‘Breaking News’ filter capability.

We’ve reached out to Snapchat, and will update this story with a better idea of what’s going on.

On Monday, the company confirmed to Deadline that it was spinning down its original content channel. Currently, it is focusing on content created by users and partners to power its ‘Discover’ feature.

[UPDATE]: Still no word from Snapchat, but a comment from TNW reader Jen Shungu indicates that Snapchat may be deploying this filter based on real-time geolocation, similar to when the company offers something like a custom ‘Coachella’ filter for those snapping at the famous California music festival.

If true, this means that Snapchat is creating current-events style filters to help its users contextualize eyewitness video or photos of well-known events happening in a specific area of a city.

h/t to Lia Haberman, who alerted us to the feature.