Facebook owned Instagram, will be removing the Following tab this week. The Following tab which was introduced in 2011 displays what posts friends are liking, commenting on and following and was also helping users find people to follow.
According to Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity, and to cut down on a feature that most people didn’t know existed. “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,”
The Following tab has been described as a creepy tool as some followers were using it to stalk fellow followers. After the tab’s removal, you’ll only see your own activity, as before, when you click the Heart button.
Recently, Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that will let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.
A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict.