Instagram confirms that a bug this morning mistakenly rolled out a massive change to its feed that replaced the traditional scrolling with horizontal tap-to-advance like with Stories. In October, TechCrunch reported Instagram was testing tap-to-advance for browsing through Explore posts. But many users woke up to a shock this morning when their familiar vertical swipe stopped advancing the main feed. Many users immediately complained that the gesture felt awkward and annoying.
“This was caused by a bug and we quickly rolled it back” an Instagram spokesperson tells TechCrunch.
Instagram was attempting to test the feature in the feed with a small percentage of users, but the bug caused a much broader rollout, according to head of Instagram Adam Mosseri. Users can restart their Instagram and the change should disappear.
It’s possible that Instagram could still bring tap-to-advance to the main feed in the future. But given how angry the responses were, it might now think twice unless the data shows the change makes people spend a lot more time in the app.
Here’s a look at how tap-to-advance in the feed worked, and the alert users got about how it works.