Instagram introduced an update Thursday morning that forced users to tap or swipe horizontally to view their feeds – leading to an online uproar and the system being switched back within an hour. The update 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.
Tapping a picture in the middle of the image triggered a “like” of the image, but rather than scrolling vertically, users were required to tap on the right or left side of the image to see the next picture or video, with a progress bar indicating how far they were through their newsfeed.
However, after series of backlash from its users, the issue was quickly fixed and the feed was restored back to its normal state. Responding to the criticism on Twitter, head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said the roll-out was an accident and was only meant to be a small test.
The switch to horizontal scrolling was met with immediate hostility from many users, including some high-profile names such as Skepta and DJ Spinall.
Although this has now been reversed, it goes to show that Instagram might seriously be considering making a significant change to how users experience its app.
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