Many Instagram users woke up Thursday to a surprising change to the platform in which they need to scroll horizontally or tap through posts on their main page. The new update allowed users to only swipe from left to right to see pictures, rather than scrolling up and down.
The photo-sharing site uses a typical vertical scrolling feature, but many saw that change this morning when launching the app.
However, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said the update was a test that went broad by accident. And had it only been the small test envisioned by Instagram, no one probably would have even heard about it. Should be fixed now.
The unwelcome update - which was likened to Tinder - was live for about an hour before it was rolled back.
As of now, Instagram has not made any statements on today's developments. Both updates are clearly meant to create more interaction with ads in the feed.
Instagram users in Chicago tweeted their relief that the update was not permanent.
The app's development team must have heard us all, because they've reportedly changed the app back to its old format already! The new way of navigating the app mirrored the way users move through the popular "stories" feature.
Instagram said a short time later that it had rolled back the redesign to the normal vertical scroll.
There had been indications that Instagram had been testing the change for several months.