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Would you pay to use Snapchat?

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The company introduces a subscription service called Snapchat+

The instant messaging service is rolling out a subscription plan featuring exclusive and pre-release features.

Dubbed Snapchat+ users can pay USD 3.99 per month for experimental add-ons including the option to mark close friends as a BFFs and customise the app’s icon.

The service launches on Wednesday in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E aimed at the “most passionate” Snapchat users.

This comes amid slow sales for the current quarter, fuelled by supply chain disruptions, labour shortages and inflation.

Snapchat Plus would allow the company to expand its revenue sources to reduce its reliance on advertising.

The app isn’t the first to trial this, Twitter announced the Blue subscription last year allowing user an ad-free experience on the platform in exchange for USD 2.99 a month.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Dua Lipa granted new citizenship

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Dua Lipa has been awarded an Albanian citizenship for her engagement with the country and endeavours to raise awareness

Dua Lipa now has an Albanian citizenship after she was praised for her international efforts to raise support for the country.

The British singer has been awarded the new honour by President Bajram Begaj.

It was a monumental moment for Lipa, who plans to finish her ‘Future Nostalgia’ tour in the country’s capital on November 28.

Begaj granted the citizenship to the icon for her contribution and global engagement on ‘important social causes.’

Lipa has a strong connection to the country, co-founding the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father to raise money for struggling people.

The singer was also born in London to immigrant parents.

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Kardashian denounces Balenciaga ad

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After a week of silence, Kim Kardashian has denounced the controversial Balenciaga ad campaign that depicted children alongside bondage-style attire.

The ad images came under fire last week as people noticed the odd outfits sported by the child models’ stuffed animals.

Kardashian has strong ties to the luxury fashion house, and she was criticised for keeping tight-lipped about the ongoing controversy.

The 42-year-old mogul tweeted:

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans

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A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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