Instagram will bring back a timeline feed in 2022 – .

Instagram will bring back a timeline feed in 2022 – .

After more than five years, Instagram plans to bring back “a version” of its timeline feed next year, the company’s top executive said on Wednesday. Speaking to lawmakers at a Senate hearing on Instagram and Teen Safety, Mosseri said he supported “giving people the ability to have a timeline feed.”
“We’re currently working on a version of a timeline feed that we hope to launch next year,” Mosseri said, adding that the company had been working on the feature “for months”. He did not share further details on how such a flow would work, but said the company “is targeting the first quarter of next year” for a launch.
Launching an option for a timeline feed would be a major reversal for the photo-sharing app, which has consistently defended its algorithmic feed despite persistent complaints and user conspiracy theories about how their posts rank. In a blog post in June, Mosseri wrote that a chronological feed made it “impossible for most people to see everything, let alone all the posts that interest them.” He said the timeline thread caused people to “miss” the majority of their thread’s posts in 2016.

Since then, Instagram has come under even greater scrutiny for how its algorithms rank and suggest content, especially for teens and young users. Congress also debated legislation to curb the ranking systems of social media platforms, including a bill that would regulate “malicious” algorithms.

Elsewhere, Instagram is currently testing another change to the feed: adding “suggested posts” from accounts you don’t follow in the main feed. Developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi also recently spotted a feature that would allow users to sort their feeds by “home”, “favorites” or “next”, although it is not clear whether any of them refer to a chronological feed. We’ve reached out to Instagram for more information and will update if we have a response.

Update 12/8 5:28 pm ET: Instagram has confirmed that it works on a chronological feed, with “the option to see posts from people you follow in chronological order.” The app will also add a “favorites” feed, which will show messages from friends designated earlier in the feed. Both power supplies will be optional.

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