Once again, Instagram users claim that Instagram’s feed algorithm does not show users all the posts from followers, only revealing 7% of it. Many such posts began surfacing on Instagram, these also appeared on Facebook and Pinterest since the beginning of last year, only changing the name of the website in the message.
Instagram responded to this fake claim on Twitter, denying that they’re hiding posts. Here are some of the posts saying that “Instagram has been limiting our posts. So, no more than 7 percent of our followers see them,” urging whoever sees the post to like and comment ‘Yes’.
But there’s a catch, said Instagram on Twitter:
We’ve noticed an uptick in posts about Instagram limiting the reach of your photos to 7% of your followers, and would love to clear this up.
However, the users that post such messages do get to be posted higher in the rank of people’s feeds as they’re boosted by likes and comments explains Instagram.
What shows up first in your feed is determined by what posts and accounts you engage with the most, as well as other contributing factors such as the timeliness of posts, how often you use Instagram, how many people you follow, etc.
The Feed Ranking Didn’t Change. Meanwhile, Users Want a Chronological Feed
Finally, Instagram concluded that the feed ranking hasn’t suffered any change and that they would never hide posts:
We have not made any recent changes to feed ranking, and we never hide posts from people you’re following – if you keep scrolling, you will see them all. Again, your feed is personalized to you and evolves over time based on how you use Instagram.
What users had to comment was mostly their desire to get a chronological feed to pick up from where they left last time when they were browsing the feed.
Instagram also made it public that the feed algorithm studies what posts we interact with more and how we interact so that it can determine what to show you on the feed and how they appear. Nonetheless, there are still users who cannot be convinced otherwise.
Jeff Wilkinson is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.