All kinds of software vendors like to push major changes on its userbase without their consent. Then users have to decide how to handle it
1.) workarounds, like userscript for Web pages
2.) Xposed modules for Android
3.) using alternate apps (mine would be Plume)
4.) revert to an older version
For number 4, I would recommend Titanium Backup Pro because it has the feature to remove an app from Play's database (they call it "detach from Market"...yeah, they're still calling it Market instead of Play...sigh). It also has app lists, so if, as I see, apps show up on the "apps to update" list in Play again, I can just filter on my "keep out of Play" list and batch remove them from Play.
It's really a pity I have to do this too. But software authors can be such pinheads sometimes. I currently have 7 apps which I refuse to update because of stupidities in their newer versions, ranging from gratuitous, distracting animations (iHeart Radio) to dumb rearrangements of their UI (Roku remote, Plume).
Not only will TB keep your device backed up in case of disaster, but reverting developer/vendor stupidity becomes much, much easier. The downside for some people is it DOES require rooting.