Usually when someone sends a direct message and you open it, the sending party will easily be able to tell that you’ve read their message thanks to the Seen tag that appears at the bottom of the conversation.
You may not always want to continue conversations, but “Seen” will force you to continue the conversation to avoid embarrassment, so it is important to know how to turn off this flag without the other person knowing it.
This can be done in a number of ways, including using Instagram’s new restriction feature, which allows you to read direct messages without turning on the Seen icon.
“They won’t be able to tell if you’re online, or if you’ve read their messages,” Facebook-owned Instagram says. Of course, you will have to put up with some other changes related to the restrictions.”
For a start, the person’s new comments on your posts will only be visible to that person. You can choose to see the comment by clicking on “See Comment”.
If you want others to be able to see their comments, you can click Agree. Alternatively, you can delete it or ignore it.
You will also not receive any notifications of future comments from the blocked person. This is because this feature is designed to tackle bullying or harassment. However, it is also useful for Instagram fans who want to read messages incognito.
How to restrict someone to “Instagram”?
To restrict someone via direct messages, click on the DM (Direct Messages) icon and enter the chat with the person you want to restrict.
Then tap the “i” icon at the top left of the chat, tap Restrict, then Restrict Account.
You can also limit someone by commenting on your post, by going to the comment on one of your posts, then swipe right over it (on iPhone devices) or press and hold on it (on Android devices). After that, press “!” Tap Restrict, then Restrict Account.
Alternatively, you can restrict people’s accounts through settings: go to your profile and click the icon that looks like three lines. Then tap Settings, then Privacy, then Restricted Accounts.
Click Continue and then find the account you wish to restrict. Then, just click Restrict next to their username and the setting will be launched.
And the last way to restrict someone is to do it through their profile. Find their profile, then tap the icon that looks like three dots (horizontally on iPhone or vertically on Android) in the top right. Then simply tap Restrict and, after that, Restrict Account.
It should be noted that the restriction feature was only recently added to Instagram. So, if you can’t see it, make sure you update your Instagram app to the latest version on the App Store or Google Play Store.
Source: The Sun
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