Instagram CEO’s Remarks About Future Focus on Video Haven’t Gone Over Well

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It looks like Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri stepped in it as far as the photography community on the platform is concerned.

Photo by Brett Jordan from Pexels.

Basically, he said that Instagram was going to focus more on video moving forward. This isn’t shocking given that the majority of new features to come to the service focus on that. Perhaps Instagram is really feeling the heat from competitors like TikTok?

Whatever the case, photographers didn’t like being shunted to second place at best. And they’ve made that fact well known with some even calling for a mass exodus to rival services like Twitter which recently updated the way it handles photos to make it friendlier to the community.

The comments that caused the controversy at hand?

In a video clip, Mosseri says, “We're [also] going to be experimenting with how do we embrace video more broadly – full screen, immersive, entertaining, mobile-first video.”

“You'll see us do a number of things, or experiment with a number of things in this space over the coming months. We're no longer a photo-sharing app or a square photo-sharing app.”

The post accompanying the clip reiterates its main thrust:

“We’re no longer just a square photo-sharing app.

At Instagram we’re always trying to build new features that help you get the most out of your experience. Right now we’re focused on four key areas: Creators, Video, Shopping and Messaging.”

For people who have used Instagram for the past several years, nothing here is that controversial. In fact, it’s really just a statement of Instagram’s current features.

Then again, it does recall that old saying: “Dance with the one who brought you.”

What do you think of Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri’s comments? Let us know below.

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