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Instagram to Allow Users to Un-Read Direct Messages in Upcoming Update

Meta's New Feature Will Enable Users to Conceal Read Messages, Alleviating the 'Seen' Dilemma

Meta, the parent company of Instagram, has announced an upcoming feature for the popular social media platform that will empower users to mark direct messages (DMs) as ‘unseen,’ even after they have been viewed in the inbox.

Currently, when a chat is opened on Instagram, the received message is automatically marked as ‘Seen’ in both the web version and mobile applications of the platform.

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In the iOS version of the app, it is possible to mark a conversation as ‘Unread,’ making it appear in the messages tab as if it has not been opened for later reference. However, this does not alter how the sender sees the chat, as they can still observe that the recipient has viewed their message.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, recently announced through his Instagram channel that they are testing a new functionality to address the issue of “leaving others on ‘Seen'”.

This new feature will give users the ability to mark messages as ‘Unread’ even after they have reviewed them, ensuring that the other user(s) in the chat (if it’s a group chat) will not know that the conversation has been accessed.

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Zuckerberg has not clarified whether this option will be available for both iOS and Android users, or if it will extend to the web version. Furthermore, the Meta CEO has not disclosed the exact timeline for the global rollout of this feature. Instagram enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting further updates on when they can start using this convenient messaging feature.

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