Finally, Instagram has announced two long-awaited feature: the ability to mute posts and and how much time you spend on the app.
Mute will let you hide posts from certain people without unfollowing them. To the offending party, things will look normal, but their annoying photos or Stories will no longer clutter your feed.
The moves to allow people to have more control could be a reflection of parent company Facebook’s tweaks to protect users’ “well-being” on its platform. Facebook admitted in December that using its products could have negative effects on mood and mental health.
Mute will roll out over the coming weeks. Once it’s active on your account, tap the ellipses (…) on the top-right of someone’s post and select “Mute.” You can then select whether you want to mute only people’s photo posts, their Stories, or both.
“You can also mute posts and stories by pressing and holding on a story in your tray, or from a profile,” Instagram said.
On Facebook, which owns Instagram, you can “unfollow” people, which removes their posts from your News Feed but does not de-friend them. Twitter rolled out a mute feature in 2014, and extended it to notifications in 2016.