A new Instagram feature lets you suss out your least favorite accounts by using filters that take into account likes, messages, and more.
In addition to letting user sort by which accounts they interact with the least, the platform will also let users see which accounts appear in their feeds the most and which accounts they followed first and last.
The feature, released on Thursday, is designed to help users manage their followers more closely according to Instagram.
To try the feature out, users can navigate to their followers and by tapping on their personal page icon in the bottom right of the Instagram interface and then selecting options under ‘categories.’
Want to see which Instagram accounts show up in your feed the most and who you interact with the least? Now you can! Just tap “Following” and manage your list from there. pic.twitter.com/eKFOBCdutr
‘Instagram is really about bringing you closer to the people and things you care about — but we know that over time, your interests and relationships can evolve and change,’ the company said.
‘Whether you graduate, move to a new city, or become obsessed with a new interest and find a community, we want to make it easier to manage the accounts you follow on Instagram so that they best represent your current connections and interests.’
The tools, which are now available for everyone using the app, can be used fro a more personal purpose of excising former friends or acquaintances it also gives insight into what exactly you’re seeing in your feed on a regular basis.
For example, whether you’re often seeing posts from friends, meme accounts, or if you’re getting the majority of your content from media brands or influencers.
The feature is notable, not just for its novelty, but because it fits part of Instagram’s broader agenda to revamp how some of the platform’s key features work.
For instance, in November, Instagram started to test removing the ability to see how many likes a given post gets.
The platform says it is part of an effort to make users feel happier and less self-conscious online amid concerns social media can contribute to low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy in young people.
‘It’s about young people. The idea is to depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition, give people more space to focus on connecting with people they love and things that inspire them,’ said Instagram Head Adam Mosseri in an interview with Wired.
‘We have to see how it affects how people feel about the platform, how it affects how people use the platform, how it affects the creator ecosystem.’
Additionally, the platform removed its longtime ‘following’ tab that let users see who was liking specific posts.
Instagram said the feature enabled stalking and other negative behavior to fester on the platform.