Instagram Launches New Features Including “Quiet Mode” And Managing Recommendations

Instagram has launched a new feature called “Quiet Mode” which will help users focus, and to encourage them to set boundaries with friends and followers.

Once “Quiet Mode” is enabled, users won’t receive any notifications, and their profile’s activity status will change to ‘In quiet mode’ and will automatically send an auto-reply when someone DMs them.

Instagrams states that teens had given feedback that they sometimes want to take time for themselves and might be looking for more ways to focus at night, while studying, and during school.

Users can easily customize their ‘Quiet mode’ hours to fit your schedule and once the feature is turned off, they’ll receive a quick summary of notifications so they can catch up on what you missed.

‘Quiet mode’ will be available to everyone in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand today, and will be available to other countries soon.

New Ways to Manage Recommendations

Another feature Instagram is launching is a new way of users to tell Instagram what content they don’t want recommended to them.

Users can now choose to hide multiple pieces of content in Explore that they aren’t interested in at one time. Additionally, they can select “Not interested” on a post seen in Explore, and Instagram will aim to avoid showing them that kind of content going forward in other places where they make recommendations, like Reels, Search and more.

Users will also now add a word or list of words, emojis or hashtags that they want to avoid – like “fitness” or “recipes” – and Instagram will no longer recommend content with those words in the caption or the hashtag.

Access to this feature can be found in the Hidden Words section of Privacy settings.

Updated Parental Supervision Tools

Instagram has added the ability for parents to see their teen’s Instagram settings, including privacy and account settings.

If their teen updates a setting, parents will receive a notification so they can talk to their teen about the change. Parents can now also view accounts their teen has blocked.

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