Instagram has introduced a new account mute feature, having adopted it from its sister app Facebook, giving users more granular control over what they see in their feed. In fact, the functionality should be available to most users already, as per the social media firm. Users can now effectively remove any given user's content or story from their feed without any hassle and without unfollowing them. While that type of control is not necessarily new to social media, this is the first time this kind of feature has cropped up on Instagram.
With that said, what the new mute feature does and how it works are both very straightforward. It allows users to put an end to the appearance of posts from specific users in their feed - because everybody has that one friend who can't stop posting unending nonsense. Without forcing that user to be unfollowed, it won't halt notifications about comments they've made or posts they've tagged a user in. Their posts will still be visible via a quick visit to their profile. It really does simply serve as a way to remove obnoxious, annoying, or overbearing posts from showing up in the feed. Enabling a mute on a friend's account is equally easy. Users just need to navigate to a post from that friend or follower and tap the three-dot context menu, followed by a tap on the new "mute" option. Long-pressing a story in the app's tray will also bring up the same menu. From there, options will appear on-screen which allow that user's "posts," "story," or "posts and story" to be muted. Once completed, that individual's content corresponding to the option chosen will cease to show up in the feed.
Meanwhile, nobody's feelings need to get hurt over muting because Instagram won't tell that user they've been muted. Better still, as mentioned above, users will still receive notifications if they're tagged in a post or story. So the muted user won't necessarily feel ignored either. With all of that said, the feature should help users trim back some of the content they are exposed to when they open their feed. That should result in a cleaner, more personalized experience without you having to lose any friends over the matter.