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Instagram is testing adverts that customers can’t skip previous.

The social media platform at the moment permits individuals to swipe or scroll previous adverts that seem in its primary feed of photos and movies, in addition to in its Stories and Reels feeds.

But it’s now trialling a characteristic known as “ad break”, which customers say they can’t flick previous as regular.

Images shared on-line present a timer, which counts right down to zero earlier than regular performance can resume.

“Sometimes you may need to view an ad before you can keep browsing,” the Meta-owned platform tells those that click on for extra data.

Instagram has confirmed to the BBC {that a} trial is beneath method.

“We’re all the time testing codecs that may drive worth for advertisers,” it said in a statement, adding that it would provide further updates if the test resulted in permanent format changes.

It remains to be seen if the trial pleases advertisers – but it certainly does not appear to have gone down well with users.

One person on Threads called the move “bonkers” – adding that it “looks as if an aggressively pushy transfer to earn extra advert {dollars} for Meta”.

Others have raised the prospect of boycotting the platform.

“We will merely not be scrolling,” said one X (formerly Twitter) user.

Meta is not the first big tech firm to force people to watch adverts.

YouTube is known for showing non-skippable ads to users watching videos on its platform or TV app who do not pay for its ad-free premium tier.

Advertisers can target YouTube viewers with 15 to 30 second-long, non-skippable promotional videos that appear before, during or after other videos if they want people to view their entire message.

They can also advertise using similarly non-skippable “bumper adverts” – shorter videos of up to six seconds long – on YouTube videos.

Some users have responded by turning to ad blocking tools and browser extensions as a way around adverts that interrupt videos on the platform.

Google, YouTube’s parent company, is in turn trying to clamp down on ad blockers.

However it is not clear that forcing users to watch more ads actually helps companies’ bottom lines.

A study carried out by TikTokpublished in January, suggested forcing viewers to watch adverts might actually lead to less engagement.

More than 70% of its participants said they were more likely to engage with the experience of an advert if there was an option to skip it.