The Morning After: Instagram backpedals on its full-screen feed

Last month, Instagram began testing full-screen viewing for photos and videos. And we didn’t like it. Now Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says the test will be phased out in the next few weeks. “People are frustrated with the new feed designs and the usage data isn’t great,” Mosseri said platformer.

He added, “If you discover something in your field that you haven’t followed before, there should be a high bar – it should just be great,” he said. “You should be pleased to see it. And I don’t think that’s happening just enough.”

Instagram brought in the full-screen feed and a larger number of featured posts to compete with TikTok and struggle with the photo-to-video shift. The time people spent watching reels grew 30 percent last quarter, and Mosseri said the gradual adoption of videos by users has happened independently of Instagram’s own movements.

In a earnings call Wednesday, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said around 15 percent of the posts people see on Facebook (and even more on Instagram) are recommended by algorithms. Zuckerberg expects the volume of featured posts to double in the next year or so.

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