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Instagram won't let you lurk anymore without signing in

Now there's a limit on how much scrolling you can do without being logged in.

Instagram is limiting your lurking.
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Your days of lurking on Instagram without being logged in seem to be over. It's no longer possible to dig into a public Instagram account unless you're signed into your own. 

It's not clear exactly when the change went into effect, but Mashable caught it and reported Wednesday that a Facebook spokesperson confirmed it

Instagram didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

We found that it was possible to scroll through a few rows of photos before being prompted to sign in, making it difficult to do a deep dive on anyone's account. 

The move is in line with Instagram's decision earlier in October to get rid of the Following tab, which gave folks a window into the posts and accounts their friends were engaging with.

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