For a short period of time, Instagram ‘accidentally’ changed its layout for a short period of time.
According to the Facebook-owned platform, it was a bug which caused the design to be rolled out.
The redesign required users to swipe horizontally instead of the normal vertical scroll to see their feed, befuddling many members of the photo- and video-sharing application, which has over one billion users worldwide.
The move ignited complaints on Twitter where the hashtag #InstagramUpdate became a top trending issue.
Worst Instagram update
— Hania Aamir (@realhaniahehe) December 27, 2018
The new version is so messed up😒
— SehrishM (@peaceandpiece) December 27, 2018
I AM NOT SORRY.
— Azeem Ul Haq (@Djenngo) December 27, 2018
Are you here for this update? pic.twitter.com/CP5bM8hvxE
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 27, 2018
Instagram went back to the old update even before my app got updated. I feel so left out…
— Sinnan N. Fazwani (@SinnanFazwani) December 27, 2018
I went onto Instagram and just saw everyone hating on it yesterday
— خالد (@kahmad92) December 28, 2018
Twitter user Jeffree Star lamented “this #instagramupdate almost ruined my morning!!” while journalist Alex Heath of the online service Cheddar remarked that it “seems maybe intended to reduce mindless vertical scrolling?”
Adam Mosseri, who heads Instagram for Facebook, tweeted that the new design was “a test that went to a few orders of magnitude more people than intended.”
Sorry about that
Instagram said a short time later that it had rolled back the redesign to the normal vertical scroll.
“Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today,” said an Instagram message posted on Twitter.
“We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion.”
Some Instagram users remained upset over the glitch. “Never do it again pls”: tweeted one enraged user.
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.
— Instagram (@instagram) December 27, 2018