How to read Instagram comments?
June 10, 2020 8:58 AM   Subscribe

I would very much like to read the comments in the George Floyd post (the most recent one) of this Instagram account (a classmate has posted a petition that's connected to information in there). I do not have and will not get an Instagram account. I've tried different browsers, but that's not working. How can I read these comments? Thanks.
posted by amtho to Technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can see the image, and the comments, when I am not logged in on Chrome on my Mac. What's the behavior you're seeing when you try to load the image?
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:01 AM on June 10, 2020

Apologies for the dumb question but have you clicked on the post itself? The comments are on the right. I can see them when not logged in. If you at any time see a circle with a plus sign inside in the comments it means there are more comments, just click on it.
posted by the webmistress at 9:11 AM on June 10, 2020

If the problem you're having is that you're not able to scroll up or down easily, I can assure you that the fact that you don't have an account is not part of the problem. I do have an account and have as of late been having a devil of a time scrolling the comments properly in Instagram. I think it's a recent bug/change that is still being sorted out (or maybe just ignored).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:11 AM on June 10, 2020 [1 favorite]

When I click the post itself or the comments/speech bubble icon, I get prompted to log in with a popup window asking for my phone number and password.

When I look at it on my (older) Android phone, I can see the top two comments. There's a 'more' link; when I click it, the entire page reloads.
posted by amtho at 9:13 AM on June 10, 2020

It seems like when I right-click and copy the link address, and then just put that in the address bar, it lets me see the post, whereas I get the same login prompt if I just click on it.
posted by obfuscation at 9:14 AM on June 10, 2020 [2 favorites]

Same as obfuscation: if I right-click on the post and "open in new tab", or just click on the link the webmistress shared, it takes me straight to the post and I can read the comments; if I left-click on the post, I get the login prompt. I'm using Chrome on Windows and I don't have an Instagram account.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2020 [4 favorites]

That worked! Thanks!
posted by amtho at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2020

Thanks for asking this, amtho - I'd given up on reading things on Instagram, and now I have a new solution to try!
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