Instagram is almost certainly on its way out. Gen Z has already dubbed Instagram “the new Facebook” which triggers my insecurities as I simply cannot mentally wrap my mind around being the next generation of Facebook mom.
Within the past few months, Instagram gave a lot of its users reasons to be upset with major updates that literally nobody asked for. Instagram has become a marketplace for capitalism to thrive and has taken the creative identity away from many of its users. It all started with the algorithm changing and effectively shadow banning people. Now they’re taking away a function that not only helped people uplift creators who may have been shadow banned but also in sharing critical information during a time in history where information and education need to be spread quickly and widely – the Share function.
Instagram claims, “We hear from our community that they want to see fewer feed posts in stories.” Following the tumultuous events of 2020, this major app feature change couldn’t come at a less appropriate time. Last year, we saw a wave of information come crashing through via infographics and post slides. 2020 was the year that Instagram became one gigantic PowerPoint presentation. Not only did we learn from the massive amount of education, but we also used the platform as an opportunity to organize protests and mutual aid. The function of being able to share feed posts for all these necessary resources for change made Instagram the hub of the current events and real-time information away from the biased news outlets.
Instagram has yet to make a statement about why they’ve decided to eliminate this app function.