Instagram reverses scrolling update after backlash, apologizes for "bug"

Instagram reverses scrolling update after backlash, apologizes for

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, tweeted explaining that the drastic change was a mistake - sort of.

The new design required that a user had to tap to the right to see more pictures from their friends and the vertical feed, which has defined Instagram would disappear. The update looked similar to how Instagram stories appear, making users tap to see the next post. The Independent pointed out that although the app usually staggers the release of major changes, "the update appears to have rolled out for a huge number of Instagram users at once".

But everyone can relax.

He said the new feature was supposed to be a small test and not widely launch on multiple Instagram accounts. "We apologize for any confusion", a spokesman told TechCrunch.

Most Instagram users woke up Thursday morning with no warning of the update.

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First rolled out on Thursday, December 27, Instagram were testing a horizontal image feed instead of a vertical one on the app's home screen.

As Instagram went horizontal for brief moments, netizens lost their mind and it sparked a series of jokes and memes on Twitter. Some Instagrammers even went as far as to threaten to return to using Snapchat, which also faced a huge backlash after redesigning its user interface.

Evidently the update was only meant to be tested in a small scale, instead of coming to a large portion of users. The new way of navigating the app mirrored the way users move through the popular "stories" feature. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal.

Social media was instantly flooded with users reacting negatively to the abrupt change.

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