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Instagram updates system, causes controversy

<p>Instagram is updating. The updates &mdash;&nbsp;confusing to some and angering to others &mdash; will be an adjustment for all users of the popular&nbsp;social media platform.</p>
Instagram is updating. The updates — confusing to some and angering to others — will be an adjustment for all users of the popular social media platform.

If you are like most people and spend a significant amount of your day scrolling through your Instagram news feed, then you are probably still stuck in a muddled state regarding the company’s recent changes. However controversial the media site’s new program may be, it most likely will not hinder our desire to actively use it. Read on and get familiar with the ins and outs of the new Instagram.

What is it?

Your news feed content on Instagram currently appears in chronological order. With the new update, user content will appear in more of a “favorite to least favorite” order, similar to that of Facebook. The new platform ensures that all of the posts will still be in your feed, just in a different order.

Why the change?

Instagram believes that its users miss a significant portion of news feed content, so the company wants to ensure that the content you see is the content you REALLY want to see. A lot of the panic and criticism has come from small businesses that perhaps don’t have a numerical following comparable to that of celebrities or other larger businesses.

What do I need to do?

You have probably seen plenty of posts from users with a photo pointing to the upper right corner, asking their followers to “enable notifications.” By enabling your notifications for certain users, Instagram will send your phone push notifications for each of their posts. Or you can join the band of unhappy users and participate in the hashtag campaign, #KeepInstagramChronological.

Not to worry. The changes will not be implemented for weeks or even months, assuming they survive the wrath of Instagram’s many dedicated yet perplexed users.