Instagram has confirmed that it has been testing a new feature that will allow users with public feeds to remove followers. Until now, only users with private accounts had this option.
An Instagram spokesperson told The Verge that the feature is currently in testing, with some accounts having already been granted access to a “remove follower” feature in recent months. Previously, blocking a user allowed you to remove unwelcome followers, although that function couldn’t prevent access to a public feed when viewed via a private browser. According to The Verge, the test version of the feature appears to be rolling out to a greater number of users, on Android at least.
The ability to remove followers is ideal for those who wish to regulate who engages with their content without notifying the user in question that they have been removed. Similar features have already been implemented by Instagram. In May, the social media app said it was introducing a “mute” feature, allowing users to avoid unwanted content.
For those Android users who wish to see if they have the “remove follower” option, click on your followers and search for an icon with three vertical dots to the right of a user’s name. If tapped, it should prompt the option to remove someone.
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