Instagram, which has been experimenting with a sideways-scrolling format, meant to roll it out to small test group, but the bug caused it to spread more widely, wrote Instagram chief Adam Mosseri on Twitter.
"The Instagram update is so trash, it's worse than the Snapchat update", Twitter user @samfloresxo tweeted.
The company wrote in the post that this was a bug due to which some users saw a change to the way their feed appears.
"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.
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It felt unusual from the start, because Instagram did not issue any sort of blog post to explain the change. As part of the test, some users had to tap and swipe their feed horizontally to view new posts, similar to its Stories feature. Instead, users had to tap the screen to move through their feed, which Instagram claims was a "bug". First, users have to uninstall Instagram from their phone by going to "Settings" and then "Apps and notifications". Millions of users of the social network received an update today that implemented this system, much to the umbrage of the vocal majority.
The new layout also makes comments more prominent, as you can simply swipe up at any time while viewing a post to access them.
From there, you'll be able to turn off Auto-updates for Instagram alone.
"Sorry about that", tweeted Adam Mosseri, Instagram's VP of Product, who started his job a few months ago.
It's unclear what exactly went wrong that resulted in the horizontal feed reaching the masses, but users can now rest assured that their feed will soon be back to the way it was. That still didn't stop the company from unintentionally pushing out a major update that screwed up users' feeds this morning.