Instagram users are freaking out over feed changes, begging followers to turn on notifications

Hey, did you know that if you don’t post a disclaimer to the opposite effect, Facebook is going to own the copyright on all your posts going forward? Wait, that’s not how this actually works? But you saw so many other users posting about it!!! Bad information has a nasty habit of gaining momentum on social media, especially when users think they have to take rapid action in order to protect themselves. A couple weeks back, Instagram shared word that it was about to change the way post organization worked, prioritizing content its algorithms judge to be the most popular, and users have been anxious about what impact this might have. We’ve yet to see Instagram implement its new system, but content creators are already panicking en masse, begging their users to enable post notifications in an effort to avoid losing views.

Supposedly, some Instagram users may be seeing this algorithm-driven feed in early, very limited testing, and rumors have quickly begun circulating that this transition to the new system is imminent for everyone: some posters are telling their users that the change has already happened, while others claim that Instagram is flipping the switch tomorrow or at some other point in our immediate future.

This rumor has prompted has a series of similar-looking posts from creators attempting to educate users as to Instagram’s notification feature, often featuring subjects physically pointing at the on-screen icon users need to interact with in order to get notifications working.

But despite their concerns, in reality it seems that Instagram’s in no big rush to switch over to its new way of doing things. Reacting to today’s freak-out, Instagram posted a message reassuring users that “nothing is changing with your feed right now,” and promising that when it’s finally time to bring this new view to users everywhere, Instagram will make a formal announcement.

Source: Instagram (Twitter), The Verge

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