Instagram update: change to horizontal scrolling prompts online uproar

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Picture-sharing platform retracts horizontal-scrolling feature within an hour of ‘mistaken’ rollout to users

The photo-sharing social media site Instagram has apologised after rolling out a major change to the way users interact with its app to more users than intended – leading to an online outcry and the system being switched back within an hour.

The change meant that instead of scrolling through a feed of pictures from friends, as the app has worked since its launch in 2010, users had to tap to see more pictures.

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