Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Instagram gets rid of scrolling - by accident

Instagram gets rid of scrolling - by accident

Since Instagram started its feed had users scroll through vertically like most other social media apps, but that all changed with the new December update to the app. "Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories".

"Introducing a new way to move through posts", the update read.

Instead of scrolling up and down to view new posts, users instead scroll from right to left, or can tap on the right hand side of the screen to move to the next post, like they would if they were using an Instagram story.

In a tweet, Instagram's Adam Mosseri wrote: 'Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated'. Users were also not given a choice to avoid the new interface as an app update wasn't required to see the timeline change.

But as quickly and quietly as the update came, it disappeared and the feed reverted to its old style by 8 a.m. PT. Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it was a mistake.

If a post has multiple photos in it, the user can swipe through the photos and if they tap on the post, they'll see the next one in the feed. And, as might be expected with any major change to a social media platform, the Internet did not take kindly to the update and sounded off accordingly and with much outrage.

Instagram user Elise Michelle called it: "By far the worst update in Instagram history".

Some were saying the change was big enough that it was ruining their favorite app. Both updates are clearly meant to create more interaction with ads in the feed.

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