If you’re on that auto update vibe on play store, you must have noticed a massive change in your Instagram earlier today. Well, worry not because that was all a mix up according to the new Instagram boss, Adam Mosseri. Mr Mosseri only recently took up his position as Instagram’s boss, though he has worked for a long time at Facebook, most recently as the head of its News Feed.
After what I would like to call a global uproar, he wrote on Twitter, “Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated,” alongside an awkward-looking emoji. Shortly after, users noticed that their feed went back to normal.
Now what caused such an outrage that forced the app to dead the update? Well apparently, the normal feed but the new update would require users to click through posts in the same way they do stories, rather than the traditional up-and-down movement… Instagram usually allows a small number of users, (beta users) to test new app features before they’re rolled out. The new feature appeared to be an attempt to mimic the huge success of Instagram’s stories feature, which people do tap through by going sideways. Stories has become perhaps the fastest-growing media format ever, and is itself now twice as big as rival Snapchat.
An Instagram statement had earlier suggested the change was a “bug”, rather than an accident, but both Mr Mosseri and the company’s spokespeople were presumably referring to the same incident.
“Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today,” the statement read. “We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologise for any confusion.” You can now rest easy for your feed should be back to normal, if not be sure to restart your app and scroll through the rest of 2018 in the usual Instagram bliss. 😊