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Instagram Set To Change ‘Close Friends’ To ‘Selected People’

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Instagram has today begun testing a new feature for its Stories function. This will involve Close Friends being changed to Selected People. This change comes in order to give users the ability to select who exactly can see some of their Stories for 24 hours.

The feature is set to start as an exclusive test in Brazil with the global launch date still unclear. However, it is just a matter of time before you start seeing the feature through a future update.

Selected People is expected to be just a variation of Close Friends. It is definitely different from what some tipsters have discovered called “Exclusive Stories“. This, on the other hand, is a feature expected to be for content creators to charge for content. That’s similar to what we now have as Super Follows from Twitter.

“Instagram Stories has become the place to express yourself and share your daily moments. And, sometimes, people don’t want to share the same content with everybody. The ability to select different groups of people to share Stories was already something our community was asking for a while,” says Instagram in a statement.

With Selected People, users will find its a lot similar to how the Close Friends list works. The only difference is that you can actually uncheck some users of your Close Friends list from seeing a post. According to Instagram, here’s how it’s going to work:

  • When creating a Story, tap to open the Share button
  • Choose “Selected People” to see all profiles that can see your Story
  • Change who can see your Story by selecting or unchecking profiles
  • Your list will keep unchanged until it’s edited again

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