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Instagram begins testing timeline feed options for some users

Instagram frontman Adam Mosseri in a video noted that there would be three different Instagram feed options available to users, including Home, Favorites, and Following.

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  • Instagram is testing the timeline feed options for some users.
  • Some users have started to see these feed options when they open the Instagram app.
  • In 2016, Instagram chose to stop the chronological feed and switched to an algorithmic feed.

Instagram is testing timeline feed options after announcing its rollout last month. Instagram frontman Adam Mosseri in a video noted that there would be three different Instagram feed options available to users. The three feed options on Instagram will include Home, Favorites, and Following. The home feed option is available to users even today and aims to help them “get the most out of their time”. Users will also be able to experience the “Favorites” feed which will focus on a user-nominated list of accounts to ensure they have no shortage of people they consider to be close, including friends, brothers and sisters. sisters or accounts they consider important.

Finally, the ‘Next’ feed will allow users to see a chronological feed of the accounts they are following. Mosseri noted that the feature is important because the home feed is set to gain more recommended accounts over time, so people will be able to see the accounts they follow using this option. Some users have started to see these feed options when they open the Instagram app. Reports noted that users will have to manually add accounts to their favorites list.

In 2016, Instagram opted to stop the chronological feed, which displayed posts in the chronological order of their publication. He’s switched to an algorithm-based feed that shows you the posts he thinks they’ll appreciate the most. However, since its debut in 2016, users have criticized Instagram’s algorithmic feed. In the past, users have complained about not seeing posts from the accounts they follow, or seeing outdated posts at the top of their feeds.

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen also criticized Instagram’s algorithmic news feed last year. Speaking about algorithms, Haugen told the Journal that in human interactions, people end up switching from one topic to another, but algorithms don’t, which is harmful to teenagers: “And that’s part of the danger for teenagers. teenagers like, isn’t it? Part of the reason these teenage girls suffer from eating disorders is that they are looking for weight loss and “Oh, awesome” type algorithms once. We will continue to show you more and more extreme things about weight loss, ”Haugen told The Journal.

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