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09 Feb 2019

Why are Instagram users not happy with it?

List of recent changes in Instagram

In a small but notable change, Instagram has stopped showing the list of Story viewers in the 'Highlights' section of the platform.

The feature previously allowed users to save their Stories and use them as a way to see who opened their profiles.

But now, that's no longer an option which has annoyed several users.

Here's more on this and other changes.

In context

List of recent changes in Instagram
List of viewers restricted to 24 hours

Issue #1

List of viewers restricted to 24 hours

When you share a Story, Instagram gives you a way to make it a permanent feature of your profile by adding it into the 'Highlights' section.

This enabled users to save their Stories and keep a track of who has been viewing them (and their profiles).

However, with the latest change, Instagram has limited viewers' list to just 24 hours, creating nuisance for users.

Change

If you see saved Stories, there's nothing

Having said that, now when you open a saved Story, you see nothing but a message saying 'Viewer lists aren't available after 24 hours'.

Several users took to Twitter to express their disappointment over the latest change.

But, it is important to note that this is not the only problem that has been bothering Instagram users across the globe.

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Separately, IGTV previews also appearing in feed

Issue #2

Separately, IGTV previews also appearing in feed

Along with the Story viewer change, Instagram has also started displaying shortened bits of IGTV videos in the main feed.

The move, aimed at increasing the consumer base of IGTV's content, has drawn flak from users, who said these clips keep popping up between standard Instagram posts.

Instagram, on its part, claims the feature makes it easier to discover the content one follows.

However, some changes are good as well

Along with the disappointing features, Instagram has also introduced some useful capabilities such as sharing Stories only with close friends as well as a "sensitivity screen" to blur sensitive content, like self-harm videos.

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How to get old Instagram update?

Is there an option go past new 'sensitivity' blur?

Are these changes applicable in India too?

How share stories with select few people?

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How to get old Instagram update?

Asked on 09-02-2019 by Rajesh Rangarajan

Answered by NewsBytes

You can go back to an older version by installing an APK, but that's recommended due to security problems it might create.

Is there an option go past new 'sensitivity' blur?

Asked on 09-02-2019 by Vihaan Vyas

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, users can opt in if they want to see the content which has been blurred out.

Are these changes applicable in India too?

Asked on 09-02-2019 by Vishal Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, both changes are active for Android and iOS users in India.

How share stories with select few people?

Asked on 09-02-2019 by Shreya Malik

Answered by NewsBytes

You can do that by adding those people in a close friends group and then sharing the story with that group. Notably, the story will appear in a green ring to them.

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