Instagram’s new feature lets you force annoying people to STOP following you – Innovation| Innovation
INSTAGRAM is testing a new feature that gives you more power over your list of followers by letting you manually remove the ones you don’t like on the sly.
This quietly stops that person from viewing your pics, videos, and Stories without them finding out.
For now, it seems the experiment is limited to select public accounts on Android – but the number of people with access to it is expanding, according to The Verge.
Users who’ve set their profiles to private (which means you have to accept individual follow requests for others to be able to see your posts) have long had the option to bin followers, effectively blocking them from viewing a page’s content.
But Instagram accounts are set to public by default – meaning everyone can see your uploads – which makes it odd that the majority has been left out.
To see if you have the feature, head to your profile page on the app and select followers.
Here you should see three vertical dots next to each account, tap it and you’ll get a pop-up asking you to remove that follower – then just select remove to axe that person from the list.
And if you don’t have the update, you can just block people or mute them.
But this feature goes one better as the person you’re dumping won’t realise they’ve been dumped – at least not immediately.
That makes it great for silently removing an ex, or a friend you’ve lost touch with, or family members you secretly can’t stand.
The best part is it won’t hurt their feelings, at least until they discover they’ve been removed – giving you some breathing room to think of an excuse, or you could just play dumb.
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It also means you don’t have to set your account to private, a drastic step that hides your posts and Stories from everyone.
We’ve reached out to Instagram to find out if the test is coming to iPhone and will update this article with its response.
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