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Instagram Reveals How Its Algorithms Work

By Yeti - 
10th Jun 2021

Many of us like and hate the Instagram algorithm. It’s an unknown thing that people have been seeking to overcome in order to make their content more visible. But the truth is that none of us truly understands how the algorithm works. Well, Instagram has suddenly decided to be more open about it. The company explains to us more regarding how it chooses content for its users.

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How the Instagram algorithm works in 2021

Which content gets to be seen by users is determined by the Instagram algorithm. Every time a user starts the app, the algorithm immediately scans all available content and determines:

  • Which posts appear first in the newsfeed, and in what sequence;
  • which posts appear on the Explore tab;
  • the order in which Stories,  Reels, Live videos, and IGTV videos appear in the feed and their respective tabs.

The Instagram algorithm is a set of parameters that regulates the organic reach of your post on the platform. According to Instagram, users used to miss 70% of posts and 50% of their friends’ posts before the algorithm was deployed in 2016.

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Although they’re “customized to how individuals use it,” all of the algorithms work in a similar way. When it comes to your Feed and Stories placement, for example, Instagram says the goal is to show you photos and videos from your family, friends, and people you care about.

The application ranks each post depending on the information it takes from it. According to Instagram, there are “thousands” of these “signals,” but one of the most crucial is the popularity of a post in the majority of situations. It will, however, take into account your recent behavior as well as your history of engaging with someone.

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A major issue of “shadowbanning” has been highlighted many times on Instagram. If you’ve been shadowbanned, your posts are only visible to a limited number of people on the platform. There are indeed some apps and websites that can help you figure out if this has happened to you, however, Instagram denied this in 2019.

Unfortunately, Instagram hasn’t said much about this other than that it intends to be more transparent about things.  The company claims to be working on a new in-app notification. This feature will explain to the user why one of their posts was removed.


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