[UPDATED] Instagram accidentally rolls out major app redesign, then reverses it, saying it was a "mistake"
Instagram has accidentally rolled out a "redesign" to the app, and now reversed it.
After being in testing since October, the major update was rolled out today to thousands of accounts on the platform. The redesign now means you have to swipe horizontally (left and right) to scroll in your feed, similar to how Stories works.
You can tap through posts and there's a progress bar at the top that allows you to see how many more posts are in your feed. Pulling up on a post brings up the comments section where you can create and view comments of that post.
Notably, it seems more advertisements appear with this updated design.
However, after rolling it out, Instagram have admitted the wide rollout was a mistake, and has now been reversed for the users that received it. The Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said in a tweet that it "went broad by accident" and "should be fixed now".
That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you're still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays!
This is good for them as the feedback received was nearly all negative, with users reporting the design was "horrible" and looks "trash". Users instantly took to Twitter to complain about it.
Mosseri, responding to tweets, says he "appreciates" the feedback and keeps emphasising that the design change should only be out for a small number of users.
We'll post more updates here, and if the update will be coming back soon. Although we can already guess, let us know what you think of the change on our social media. We've contacted Instagram for some more information.
WABetaInfo has said in a tweet that the update is now "slowly" rolling out the cards feature, as spotted in October. You can expect that this isn't the last time we see this new design.
Update 1: An official statement from Instagram says: "Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion."
Author's Opinion: I may get hate for this, but I really wanted to try out the new Instagram update. It makes more sense to swipe left and right rather than down, especially on larger displays, and I think everyone's complaining as they're not used to swiping differently.