Instagram is testing a new feature that allows you to restrict access to posts on your circle of close friends, in a move to enhance privacy.
Focusing on privacy is essential because it convinces people that Meta-owned apps are safe. The ever-changing landscape of social media has forced Instagram as well as parent company Meta to rearrange priorities.
This has led to Instagram introducing a slew of new features, with privacy at the center of attention, as users of the platform have been complaining for some time about the impersonal nature of the social network, largely due to the algorithmic bottom line.
The new feature works similar to how the close friends option works for Instagram stories with all things considered and taken into account, users can see this in the audience selection dropdown, and the platform is likely to introduce more privacy options into the mix.
The feature aims to give users more security by allowing them full control over who can verify their posts.
If sharing feed posts with friends becomes more widely available, this could reduce the need for users to have the alternative friends-only account.
The company confirmed that it is testing this feature in a small number of countries, but did not specify which ones, as it said: “We are testing the ability of people in specific countries to share feed posts with their close friends. “We are always exploring new ways for our community to express themselves and connect on Instagram.”
It is noteworthy that this is the first time that the platform has brought the option of close friends to the main feed, as I previously used it in notes as well as Reels videos, and most users may feel happy that they can benefit from this enhanced level of privacy in their daily use of the platform.
In 2018, the social network announced a feature for sharing stories with a special list of close friends, and the following year the company tried to indulge in the idea of group chatting with a circle of close friends on Instagram through the group chat application called Threads, but it closed it in 2021 to focus on a better messaging experience. Direct.
Last December, the platform launched the Notes app, which is a way to share text updates with friends, and over the past few months it has provided features, such as location sharing and translation, to the Notes app.
And privacy has become very important at this time, as most users prefer to create isolated communities online rather than strive to attract audiences.