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Instagram adds option to turn off notifications

Instagram is rolling out a new option that would mute app notifications for a chosen period of time.

  • Published: March 13, 2019 2:09 PM IST
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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is giving users more control over their notifications by rolling out an option that would mute app notifications for a chosen period of time — much like WhatsApp’s mute feature. Called ‘Pause All’, the feature would switch off notifications for anywhere up to eight hours, Social Media Today reported on Wednesday.

“The option was spotted by social media expert Matt Navarra who initially spotted the same in testing last month. Given the amount of time we now spend on social media, it’s good to have an option to shut it down completely every now and then,” the report said.  The feature has so far been rolled out on iOS and the beta app on Android.  “Instagram is particularly well-known for driving obsessive behavior among younger users. Being able to shut it off for periods will help people distance themselves from the online world,” the report added.

Besides, IANS also reported that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp has taken several measures to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its platform in India but there is more to do to fully secure the platform, the company’s India head Abhijit Bose said on Wednesday. In his first statement after taking over as head of India operations of the Facebook-owned messaging platform early this year, Bose said the company strongly believes that private messaging is fundamental to safety.

  • Published Date: March 13, 2019 2:09 PM IST