Another day, another new Instagram feature.

The latest introduction, “Mute”, lets you hide posts and stories from certain accounts, without actually unfollowing or blocking the user.

Because they don’t deserve that! They are just a little annoying is all. Or they are your ex and keep posting photos and goddamnit it’s hard to heal when you keeping seeing their pretty face but you still have to check up on them once in a while to make sure they haven’t found someone else.

Facebook users who have hidden political posts from relatives will find the feature familiar.

The accounts you “mute” will NOT be notified that you muted them. And even if you mute an account, you will still receive notifications if they tag you in a comment or post. And, of course, you will always be able to unmute an account, should you decide to bring their posts back into your life. 

To activate the feature, tap the “” in the corner of a post or the user’s profile page and the options pops up.

“Mute” is less drastic version of blocking someone. 

When you block someone, they aren’t able to find your profile, post, or stories. However, they are still able to see any comments or likes you share on a public account or accounts that they also follow, and they are still able to mention your username in a post (though this won’t appear in your Activity). Similar to the mute feature, users aren’t notified when you block them. 

In short, when you block someone, it could potentially cause problems (depending on their level of crazy) if they find out you are doing so. Muting allows more personal options which don’t affect anyone except yourself.

The move is part of Instagram’s push to create a better browsing experience for its users. “We’re aiming to make the feed the best place to share and connect with the people and interests you care about,” a press release said. 

Of course, this feature isn’t going to completely change the user experience created by the damn Instagram algorithmic feed that prioritizes certain post and accounts depending on a variety of factors. But since you won’t be engaging with a hidden post, it’ll most likely change some of what you see.

 

Feature Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels