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Instagram Introduces Privacy Feature: Users Can Now Turn Off Read Receipts

Instagram has introduced a new feature to enhance user privacy by allowing users to turn off Read Receipts. This addition provides users with control over who can see when they have read a message, bringing Instagram in line with other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage.

Read Receipts on Instagram inform the sender when their message has been seen, and vice versa. While this feature is useful, it can also create unintended pressure to respond quickly. By turning off Read Receipts, users can avoid this expectation and better maintain their privacy.

To turn off Read Receipts on Instagram:

  1. Open the app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the chat you want to modify.
  3. Click on the conversation partner’s name at the top.
  4. Select “Privacy and Safety.”
  5. Tap “Turn off Read Receipts.”

This update is part of Instagram’s broader efforts to give users more control over their experience. In addition to this feature, Instagram has recently introduced several other updates aimed at enhancing user engagement and personalization. These include broadcast channels, which allow users to send messages to a large audience; chat themes, which offer customization options for conversations; and collaborative posts, which enable multiple users to contribute to a single post.

By introducing the option to disable Read Receipts, Instagram users can now enjoy a more flexible and private messaging experience. This change reflects Instagram’s commitment to continually improving its platform and ensuring that user privacy and control remain a top priority.

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