The Instagram app recently released an internal feature called Recent Posts, which allows users to view the latest posts from the accounts they are following based on the name. The feed filter delighted some users who hoped that this would essentially mean the return of the chronological feed, but it seems you shouldn't be hoping. Instagram confirmed the existence of the feature, but said that it is not what it appears to be.
The "Latest Post" feature was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, who discovered many unpublished features through reverse engineering apps. TechCrunch reported the discovery, including the screenshot below. The feature was displayed as a popup above the user's main Instagram feed and provides a link to "View Posts" from various friends on duty.
If you tap the link, the user will see the latest posts published by his followers. This is similar to the chronological feed that Instagram has removed. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn't really seem to plan to introduce this feature, at least not soon. The company informed TechCrunch that "Latest Posts" is just an early prototype that was created during a company hackathon.
Instagram has not made the function available to any of its users, has not tested it and, according to the spokesman, has no plans to test the function. It is also not planned to start the function "at this time".
The news is disappointing for Instagram users who miss the chronological feed that the service removed in summer 2016. In its current iteration, the Instagram app displays the user content selected by the algorithm, which tries to select the content that believes the user will like due to a number of factors.