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Snapchat adds more users during pandemic

Snapchat users have risen by 20% amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The messaging app - which is owned by Snap - has seen its number of users grow over the first three months of 2020 as more people look for ways to keep in touch with their family and friends during lockdown.

In a statement this week, Snap's CEO Evan Spiegel said: "Snapchat is helping people stay close to their friends and family while they are separated physically, and I am proud of our team for overcoming the many challenges of working from home during this time while we continue to grow our business and support those who are impacted by COVID-19."

In the first quarter of the year, Snapchat's daily active user count hit 229 million, which is up from 218 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Social networks - including platforms like Facebook - have seen a surge in usage, with Snapchat seeing a 30% increase in the last week of March compared to the last week of January.

Meanwhile, the average time on the photo sharing service has also risen by more than 20% across the same period.

User habits have also started to change, as Snapchat confirmed people are using voice and video calling more than they previously were.

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