Instagram is removing its "following" tab this week

Oct 8 2019, 8:52 am

The days of creeping on Instagram will soon be long gone.

Besides the recently introduced dark mode, Instagram will be making more changes to its app.

According to Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, the popular social media app will be removing its “following” tab.

“Today we’re removing the ‘following’ tab on Instagram, which was created to help people discover new posts and accounts their friends engage with,” said Mosseri on Monday. “We’re always trying to stay focused and keep Instagram simple, and so we celebrate launches and ‘unshipping.'”

The global phase out of the “following” tab was set to take place on October 7, a Facebook spokesperson told Daily Hive.

While dark mode recently appeared to users after an update, the “following” tab is still visible some Canadian users on October 8.

“We’re always working to make Instagram the best space to connect with the people and things you love. While this includes introducing new features, it also means removing old ones that may no longer be useful for our community,” the spokesperson said.

“Starting today, we will begin removing the ‘following’ tab, which was previously accessible by pressing the heart icon and selecting ‘following’. This leaves the ‘you’ tab, which will now be known as ‘activity’.”

For context, here is what it looked like before the removal of “following.”

The “following” tab / Courtesy of Instagram

And here is what the “activity” tab will now look like.

Activity tab on iOS/Courtesy of Instagram

So if you woke up with a “following” tab still intact, expect it to be gone soon.