If you have always wanted the ability to shadow ban users on Instagram the wait is now over. Instagram now has “Restrict” a new option within Instagrams options that allows you to mute and hide any Instagram profile/user that may have been harassing you. The best part is it's all done without them knowing.
Blocking people on social media services and messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp has helped people avoid idiots and drama for a very, very long time. The only downside to straight out blocking users on most of these services is that they can simply create a new account and get straight back into tormenting you again.
As a result after quite a lot of research into online trolls and idiots, Instagram has released a brand new feature called Restrict which treats these kind of users/profiles a little differently. Rather than simply cutting the user off completely, Restrict instead allows them to interact with content in their own little loop, where no one else you’re connected to can see them.
For example, if someone you have Restricted posts a comment on one of your images they will be the only person who can see the post, though it will look as though it has been posted normally. Putting it more simply, Restrict on Instagram will allow you to mute users and profiles without having to disable your entire comment section. Although the feature can be used to sway posts totally in a profiles favour by restricting comments that don’t go in their way, most people will find the feature very helpful in weeding out toxic individuals and posts.
How and Where Do You Find the Restrict User/Profile Feature on Instagram?
To get access to Instagrams brand new Restrict option, you’ll first need to make sure Instagram is fully up to date. Once you have the latest version of Instagram installed on your device you’ll need to do the following. First open comment section of an Instagram post you would like to moderate with Restrict. Once you have a comment/user you’d like to Restrict in front of you Tap and hold that specific comment. This will bring up two different options, Report this comment and Restrict.
From now on this specific user will see new comments on the post but other users won’t see their comments. On top of this, the user won’t be able to see your active/online status and won’t be able to check if you’ve seen any messages they may have sent you.
Alternatively, you can also Restrict a user from their profile page, to do this simply visit their profile tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner and select Restrict. This works in the exact same way as the other option shown above. The best part about this feature is that the user will not get a notification from Instagram showing that they have been restricted by you, so they won’t know to create a new account and refollow you to start annoying/bothering you again.