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Instagram Users Rebel Against Plans to Reorganize Feed

Instagram’s plans to change the way it organizes photos within its app has caused some backlash among its users: Close to 50,000 users signed a petition within the last 20 hours to “keep Instagram chronological.”

“We are users of Instagram and do not want to be forced into having our feeds display in a ‘your favourites’ order,” the petition reads. “We want the ability to at least choose to keep our feeds in chronological order.”

Instagram announced Tuesday that it is planning to use algorithms to better target its users with the photos they care about, instead of displaying every single photo in a chronological order like it does now. “You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the changes. “As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share.”

Instagram initially plans to still display every single photo and video from the people a user is following, but the company may eventually also filter out some posts altogether. “We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way,” the company promised, adding that it will roll out changes to its feed in the coming months.

SEE MORE: Can Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Revolution Save the Company?

Instagram isn’t the only social network struggling to make its feed more accessible. Twitter has long had plans to change its feed, and announced earlier this year that it would put a selection of tweets at the top of its users’ timelines to make sure that the best content doesn’t get lost. The announcement was met with a significant backlash, with users making the hashtag #RIPTwitter trend on the service. Eventually, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly responded, promising that users would always be able to opt out.

Even with the petition gaining steam, the opposition against Instagram’s announced changes doesn’t seem quite as dramatic. Thus far, less than 4,000 users have tagged their photos with #RIPInstagram on the service.

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