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Instagram introduces new feature to restrict Posts and Reels to close friends only

Instagram has recently made some changes to its Close Friends feature, allowing users to now restrict their posts solely to their inner circle. This new feature expands the Close Friends territory to include feed Posts and Reels, giving users the ability to share more intimate content with a smaller, more trusted audience. This enhancement is designed to foster a sense of privacy and connection within the Instagram community.

To take advantage of this feature, simply tap the Audience button while crafting your post, choose Close Friends, and hit Share. If you haven’t already created a Close Friends list, follow these quick steps:

1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to head to your profile.
2. Hit the top right, then go to Close Friends.
3. Select “add” next to those you want on your list, or use Search.
4. For removal, tap “remove” next to their name.
5. Save changes by tapping Done at the bottom.

It is important to note that no notifications go out when you tweak your list. Posts or Reels shared with Close Friends will have a green star icon, so your friends and you, for that matter, will know when you are part of a Close Friends list. No one can request to be added to your Close Friends list, ensuring that you have control over who sees your more personal content.

This new feature is a step forward from Instagram’s previous binary options of public or private, providing a middle ground that allows users to share content with a more tightly-knit community. The introduction of this feature is particularly notable as Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, has long allowed users to tailor post visibility to specific groups on their friends list.

In the constantly evolving Instagram universe, Meta, the parent company, has been consistently providing creators with more ways to monetize their content and updating the app to keep its massive user base of over 1.2 billion engaged and satisfied.

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