Instagram is getting three new features designed to help users gain control over what’s on their account while also allowing them to take a break. Both the Quiet Mode and the Hidden Words extension or not-interested multiple choice as well as the parental control system are currently available in the USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but should come to other countries.
Quiet mode is a mode that can be activated in Instagram’s notification settings and deactivates all notifications from the platform. At the same time, the mode automatically sends replies as soon as the user receives a direct message and changes the profile’s activity status. The response system also prompts others to turn on the mode. This gives users the opportunity to create a personal schedule, improve their concentration and reduce screen time at the same time, according to Meta’s blog post.
In order not to have the feeling of missing something, Instagram creates a summary of what happened during the Quiet Mode as soon as you deactivate it.
Hide irrelevant posts
The Hidden Words feature allows users to create a custom list of words, phrases, and emojis they don’t want to receive posts about in their privacy settings. For example, if they’re not interested in receiving “hairstyle” posts, they can turn on the feature in settings and type the word in the space provided so that nothing similar appears. Of course, this can also be applied to unwelcome topics from the adult sector, for example.
In addition, an extended function not only allows you to hide one content in Explore, i.e. the suggestion feed, but several at once, which can be removed individually under “Hide more”. Consequently, these are no longer recommended in captions or hashtags.
Parents have the option to see their child’s Instagram settings. With access to privacy and account settings, they can find and set blocked accounts, set time limits and pauses, and also view shared posts and messages.
Different services, same features
However, the Quiet Mode is not completely new, because Facebook also has a quiet mode for its users. Screen pauses can also be set on TikTok, which also has “Accompanied Mode” where parents can set security and usage time settings. Similar is the parent dashboard for Messenger Kids on Facebook.
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