Instagram just place ads in one of its last ad-free places.

We knew this day would come.


On Tuesday, Instagram declared that it’ll begin using the Explore tab as a way to indicate ads to users. The ads won’t show up in the main grid. Instead, once a user clicks on a post from Explore, Instagram can serve ads in the discovery feed users scroll through from that post.


Ads already appear in the home and story feeds, with a lot of volume and more forms of ads than ever. Explore had been, till Tuesday, one of the (surprisingly) last places on Instagram that didn’t have ads.


But many foresaw change a coming. During an earnings call in October, Mark Zuckerberg hinted that the Explore tab was an “opportunity” for additional ad placement.

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