Instagram is rolling out three new functionalities to the app. These include Quiet Mode, the ability to hide recommendations, and new control options for parents.
The Quiet Mode is designed to enable users to take a break from the app by switching off all notifications and enabling the auto responding system in DMs. Enabling the option will also add a ‘quiet mode’ notifier to users’ profile status. The Quiet Mode time can be manually customized. Instagram also adds that after the functionality is turned off, a summary of notifications will be provided to users to let them know what they missed.
According to Instagram, the Quiet Mode feature was created after teen users on the app reported that they were looking for ways to focus, such as at night, during study hours, and at school. Therefore, while all users will be able to use the Quiet Mode, teens in particular will be prompted to try the functionality when Instagram detects that they may be spending excessive time on the app.
Next, a new content control option will let users hide recommended posts in the app using words, emojis or hashtags. This will mute the selected topics from users’ recommendations and Explore listings. The option will be available in the form of a message displayed when a user hides a recommend post, saying ‘Don’t suggest posts with certain words.’ Users can either tap on the message to activate the functionality or access it directly in Privacy settings within the Hidden Words section.
Lastly, the new parent control option is being added to the Family Center in the app to help parents monitor their kids’ activities on the platform. More specifically, parents will be able to view their children’s Instagram settings, including privacy and account settings. “If their teen updates a setting, parents will receive a notification so they can talk to their teen about the change,” explains Instagram. In addition to that, parents will also be able to see the accounts their child blocks.