Meta has announced the launch of the Channels feature on Instagram for users around the world, according to the company in a post on its official website.
Meta had revealed this feature for the first time four months ago last February, but it was only available to some users in a limited number of countries, such as the United States, Brazil and India, before announcing its global launch for everyone.
The Instagram channels feature allows you to send updates and messages to a large number of followers within the channels, as the feature supports sending texts, photos, voice messages, polls, interactions, in addition to other things.
Posting in the channels will be limited to their owners only, and the followers can only interact with the content or participate in opinion polls, and they will not be able to comment on the content within the channels.
Meta explained that once the channel is created and the first message is sent in it, the followers will receive a one-time notification in order to urge them to join the channel, and any user can join the channels, but only the followers will receive alerts when new content is added within the channel.
Meta allows users to control notifications from channels, and provides the option to mute channels, as well as leave if they want to.
On the other hand, Meta will provide channel owners from content creators with different options to manage the channel, such as adding other managers to manage members, sharing the channel link to stories to encourage followers to join it, and others.
The Mita company had also announced earlier that it would provide the channel feature within the WhatsApp application, which is its owned instant messaging application, and it will also work with the aforementioned mechanism itself.
It is noteworthy that the competing instant messaging application, Telegram, added the channel feature first, years before it was launched on the WhatsApp and Instagram platforms.