Instagram Unveils New Horizontal Scroll Feature to Public Outrage

Your Instagram feed now scrolls sideways for no good reason

Users were greeted with this screen when they opened the app. "We're always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love", a spokesperson told TechCrunch in October. The new way of navigating the app mirrored the way users move through the popular "stories" feature.

Getty Instagram introduced a surprised update Thursday morning that changes the way users navigate the app. "Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories".

The new layout also makes comments more prominent, as you can simply swipe up at any time while viewing a post to access them. The new layout has eliminated the scroll capability on the app's home page; instead, users must now tap or swipe left and right in order to see new posts from the users they follow.

Typically, an Instagram feed goes up and down, with a user able to flick their finger through a number of photos.

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It felt odd from the start, because Instagram did not issue any sort of blog post to explain the change.

In a tweet, Instagram's Adam Mosseri wrote: 'Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated'. And, as might be expected with any major change to a social media platform, the Internet did not take kindly to the update and sounded off accordingly and with much outrage.

Some Internet users have found the bright side to the Instagram update debacle, however.

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