Instagram is replacing the star filter within Direct Messages with a flag.
As more and more people use Direct Messages on Instagram, the platform is making a small change to its filtering of messages. As they access Direct, many users have been seeing a notification that reads: “Flags Are Replacing Stars” and that “the star filter is getting a name change, but it still works the same way.”
Quite simply, users who mark messages that they’d like to revisit will now “flag” them instead of “star” them.
According to Instagram, the change is more semiotic than anything else – you “flag” something you’d like to revisit or take note of, rather than adding some kind of value to it with a star. Right?
Ok, sure. Gmail allows you to star conversations, whereas most email clients allow you to flag them. Does it make any difference? Probably not. So, is it possible that Instagram has something else up its sleeve?
In my opinion, it may want to use stars for something else. What for, is a different story. What do you think is behind this subtle change?