Instagram's brief horizontal scrolling test causes an uproar among confused users

Instagram's brief horizontal scrolling test causes an uproar among confused users

Instagram's brief horizontal scrolling test causes an uproar among confused users

Instead of the vertical feed we've all become accustomed to, some users can now either tap or swipe left or right-much like how you would scroll through Stories.

- (@MattNavarra) December 27, 2018I have the new Instagram horizontal scroll interface.

For a while now, users of the app have been getting increasingly annoyed at the algorithm's refusal to show a chronological feed and now, Instagram have gone and made even more of a drastic change.

Instagram has apologised after a test feature was accidentally rolled out to millions of people using its app.

The redesigned Snapchat app has struggled to attract more users since its roll-out a year ago and newer versions have been criticized for being too confusing. "We apologize for any confusion", a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge. "Happy holidays!" tweeted Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, shortly after the test caused a wave of backlash on Twitter. If the test is an utter failure, and the reaction is as negative as it appeared to be today, perhaps we can dodge this bullet, but widespread disapproval hasn't always stopped social media platforms in the past.

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The tap-to-advance method to browse your friends' content more closely resembles the interaction within the popular "Stories" feature on Instagram. If you're getting sick of Instagram's bad UI changes and algorithms, there's always PixelFed.

As said, the mess had been fixed and users can revert to the old interface by closing and then restarting the app. There is no option in the settings part of the app to change the feed back to the original one either. However, within a few minutes Instagram put the kibosh on the test and vertical scrolling returned.

Mosseri took over Instagram in October, following the departure of founders Kevin System and Mike Krieger. The feed movement was slower because you could only go through one single post at a time.

Instagram did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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