Published: Sat, December 29, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Instagram accidentally rolls out major change in app, pulls it back

Instagram accidentally rolls out major change in app, pulls it back

Instagram has its "stories" at the top of the app; a photo and video posts taking up the middle of the app. Users swipe up to scroll through posts from friends.

Were you one of the fortunate/unfortunate users who managed to be using Instagram when the change took place?

Instagram told HuffPost that the update was "due to a bug".

Instead of vertically scrolling through posts in the Instagram newsfeed, the new rollout changed it into a horizontal scroll, where users will need to tap to advance through posts.

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri was quick to downplay the slip on Twitter, saying that the experiment should only have appeared for a very small group of users. On December 27, the social media network rolled out a new app update that changed the way we view the timeline, effectively removing all aspects of the scrolling feed that we're used to.

Instagram first began testing this feature in October, but at the time, it was restricted to the Explore tab.

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An alert to Instagram users on Thursday morning. "We apologise for any confusion", the company tweeted. "Introducing a new way to move through posts", a pop-up message introducing the new feature reads.

'Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories'.

After the update was rolled out, users all across the world started complaining about the new feature and said if this remains they would leave the app and delete their profiles. If you're still seeing it simply restart the app.

What did you think of Instagram's temporary scrolling update?

Because, after the initial surprise of such a big aesthetic and technical change, what one may have noticed is how the change forces the user to go slower. "I'm not trying to swipe photos @instagram can I have the old layout back?" tweeted user @j_mallari.

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