Instagram users are furious over new app update

Gerardo Harmon
December 28, 2018

When Instagram chose to roll out a new update today, people were quick to get in their feelings about the changes.

The change meant that instead of scrolling through a feed of pictures from friends, as the app has worked since its launch in 2010, users had to tap to see more pictures.

The move was met with immediate backlash, with many users arguing that the change ruins the app experience and could work against artists and other creatives whose posts may become buried.

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While users have been shocked by this update, the horizontal feed has been in the works for some time, with Instagram originally rolling it out to a select number of users in October. Users who had gotten the update quickly took to Twitter to express their displeasure about the change.

'We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. Instead, users had to tap the screen to move through their feed, which Instagram claims was a "bug". "We apologize for any confusion" an Instagram spokesperson tells TechCrunch.

"That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident".

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"Did anyone else's Instagram already go back to the scrolling as opposed to that terrible update?"

Some wondered if it was a way to stop people just scrolling endlessly through updates by making them tap and examine posts before moving on.

The Instagram update didn't affect everyone.

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Journalist and media commentator Owen Jones posted a meme of a person with a flamethrower, alongside the caption: "Here's how I'm dealing with the new Instagram feed".

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