Instagram has admitted to showing too many videos to its users in 2022. According to Adam Mosseri, the company “overfocused on video in 2022,” which created an imbalance. However, Instagram has started working to correct that and things are getting back to being normal, according to “internal metrics.”
“Things like how often someone likes photos versus videos and how often someone comments on photos versus videos are roughly equal, which is a good sign that things are balanced,” he said. “To the degree that there is more video on Instagram over time, it’s going to be because that’s what’s driving overall engagement more. But photos are always going to be an important part of what we do,” Mosseri said per The Verge.
Mosseri comments were made during his weekly Q&A session with users last Friday. He also addressed issues that bother on spam on Instagram, which remain a thorny issue. “We definitely have spam and bots on Instagram. We’re doing our best to reduce it. I’m particularly worried about comments right now; it’s something that we’re actually actively looking into and hope to improve over the course of the year.”
Meanwhile, Instagram has launched Quiet Mode, which is a new tool that puts you in charge of how you use the app. The new tool works similarly to how Do Not Disturb setting works, and will stop annoying notifications.
Your Instagram profile will also display a note that you are “in quiet mode,” and anyone who attempts to send you a message will receive an automatic reply that you are not available.
Instagram’s new Quiet Mode can be set to work automatically at certain times of the day. As soon as you are outside those hours, Instagram will send you a summary of all your notifications. While anyone can use Quiet Mode, Instagram said teens will be prompted to use the feature if it notices that they are spending too much time scrolling through their feed late at night.
Instagram’s Quiet Mode has not widely rolled out to a global audience, and is currently limited to users in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.
A couple of days ago, Instagram announced that it is simplifying its app interface. One of the features that will suffer from this is a feature that was launched not quite long ago. The new arrangement will see the shop removed from the main application.