Instagram's removing one of its most controversial features
As spotted by BuzzFeed, Instagram has begun removing the ‘Following’ tab from its Activity feed. The feature was first introduced way back in 2011 and actually preceded the Explore tab that’s so popular today.
Instagram Head of Product Vishal Shah told BuzzFeed that “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing. So, you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built if for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up.” Ultimately, “simplicity was the driving factor,” Shah said.
The social media platform says the Following tab’s removal should be complete within one week. Once the transition is finished, the Activity feed will focus solely on your own activity which includes a list of people who leave likes and comments on your photos in addition to content suggestions based on what posts you’ve interacted with.