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Instagram kills its auto refreshing timeline, tweaks algorithm

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So it seems that you can indeed teach old advertising-laden dogs new tricks. Instagram, after years of users complaining about its algorithmic feed, is finally tweaking it. But it’s not doing away with it entirely, because old dogs are still the same old dogs at their core.

“Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely,” it writes in an update.

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In another “how have they not done this yet moment”, Instagram has now slapped a “New Posts” button on its app interface, doing away with automatically updating timelines, and giving users the agency over their cat picture consumption.

‘With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about’

This means that users will now be in charge of refreshing their feed by tapping the “New Posts” button, and not the app.

But that’s not all.

“Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed,” it writes, pretending that this is a new issue it’s promptly addressing.

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.”

The company’s promising more improvements heading to the platform in the coming months.

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