Instagram might soon allow users to turn off read receipts for DMs

Meta-owned Instagram has announced that it will soon be introducing the option to turn off read receipts in direct messages (DMs). Similar to what Meta offers on its messaging platform WhatsApp, the new feature will enable users to read messages without the sender knowing that they have seen them. However, Instagram said it is currently testing the feature, although it has not disclosed its plans for a wider roll-out. Both Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced the upcoming changes on their Instagram broadcast channels. In his post, Mosseri said: “We heard your feedback and have started testing a new feature that lets you turn read receipts off in your DMs”. “Soon, people will be able to choose when to let others see when they’ve read their messages,” he added. Mosseri also included a picture, showing what the option will look like. In settings for Privacy and Safety, under the category ‘Who can see your activity’ users are given the option to toggle on or off read receipts.