The bigger problem is those that DO know what it takes having knee-jerk reactions to things they think COULD have been done differently. Sure… every design can be done differently. But the fact of the matter is a final product has to emerge sooner or later, and that product is often not just the efforts of a single designer, but already countless rounds of feedback from the client, who was asking for the design.
We, as professionals know both what goes into a design, and how to critically analyze works with constructive feedback, so it’s our responsibility to not add to the “Witch Hunt” mentality of the internet.
In the case of instagram the end users aren’t the client for this design, so they have little to no say in what the mark SHOULD be. period. Instagram corporate made their decision, and they should stick to it. They feel it stands for them, and that’s all that a mark does. Stands for the company who paid for the mark.
Users continue to get butt hurt and raise pitchforks because they are subjected to change of an app, that they use for free. Giving credence or encouraging this behavior just adds hostility, or noise that designers should frankly just ignore, because the mass public of teenagers taking selfies aren’t paying to have a problem solved. They are just causing problems.