Instagram accidentally roll out new scrolling update to surprise of users

Kelley Robertson
December 28, 2018

But now the Head of Instagram says it was a big mix-up and users will see their feed revert to scrolling as soon as they restart the app.

The bug led to a small test being distributed widely, the company said.

The switch to horizontal scrolling was met with immediate hostility from many users, including some high-profile names.

Company head Adam Mosseri tweeted that this newest change was not meant to be tested on so many people.

There's been mainly outrage as users were greeted with the message 'Introducing a new way to move through posts.


Before the social media app reverted back to its pre-update form, Chicago-area users tweeted their disdain. Instead, users had to tap the screen to move through their feed, which Instagram claims was a "bug".

Mosseri replied to another tweet, adding, "Just a test that went to a few orders of magnitude more people than intended... sorry about that". A user shared a beta version of the update, and Instagram confirmed it was in the works at the time.

'We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. "We apologize for any confusion", a representative said.

The network rolled back to its previous look within hours.

The Verge's Chaim Gartenberg wrote that even if Thursday's update was a mistake, there's reason to believe Instagram is "taking the horizontal feed seriously". But rather than scrolling vertically, users were required to tap on the right or left side of the image to advance to the next picture or video, with a progress bar indicating how far they were through their newsfeed. Once they find the Instagram app there and tap it they should choose to uninstall it, according to Android Police.

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