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Instagram Now Lets You 'Mute' Accounts Without Unfollowing Them

The "mute" feature is evidently in accordance with Instagram's initiative to monitor and curb social bullying and harassment on the photo-messaging platform.

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Updated:May 25, 2018, 9:31 AM IST
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Instagram Now Lets You 'Mute' Accounts Without Unfollowing Them
Instagram Now Lets You 'Mute' Accounts Without Unfollowing Them (Image: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out a new feature that allows users to mute some accounts so that they can continue following them without having to stumble upon their posts repeatedly. "Muted accounts will not be made aware that they've been muted and users can unmute accounts at any time. Users can still see posts on the muted account's profile page and get notified about comments or posts they're tagged in," Techcrunch reported on Wednesday. This feature will expand the user-control over Instagram's algorithmic feed that prioritises accounts and posts according to user-interests.

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"Muting gives users a bit more control over what they see regardless of what they have liked or what Instagram's algorithm deems relevant," the report added. The "mute" feature is evidently in accordance with Instagram's initiative to monitor and curb social bullying and harassment on the photo-messaging platform. The users will have a choice to choose between muting posts, stories or both, posts and stories of other people and pages.

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To recall, Facebook seems all geared up to add yet another feature in its photo-sharing app Instagram's portfolio. After the recent introduction of group video calling on the platform, announced at this year's Facebook F8 conference, Instagram might soon bring out 'music stickers' to its Stories.

As per a report, a recent code found on Instagram has revealed that the app is testing out new ways to search for and add songs to the Stories posted by Instagram users. Essentially, the feature will replicate the functionality of Shazam, by detecting the song playing in the background at the time of recording an Instagram Story. The new feature will then display the song title and the artist information in the form of a music sticker which can then be added to the Instagram Story by the user.

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