After WhatsApp, Instagram users can disable DM read receipts

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As both Adam Mosseri and Mark Zuckerberg stated on their respective accounts that the update is currently being tested, using read receipts in direct messaging exchanges will soon be an option for Instagram users to choose whether or not to use them. 

As well as posting a photo of the toggle that shows exactly how the switch works, Mosseri also posted a photo of it.

In the course of their presentation, they failed to specify if Messenger will receive the same option and, therefore, it would be compelled for users to utilize read receipts if there was no option in Messenger to disable them.

The problem is that we also do not know when it will become more widespread, so you should keep an eye on your conversations in order to see if those signs abruptly cease to exist or if people are declining your invitation to really significant events.

A choice as to whether to receive read receipts, as we noted a few years ago, can facilitate passive aggression in a number of ways, but at least it will be a choice instead of a mandate.

The concept is not one that everyone is on board with, however, as several users have complained that they are no longer able to know if their messages have been seen by others.

Despite the fact that Instagram does own Facebook Messenger, the company has not stated whether the service will ever be available on the social media platform.

It has always been possible for WhatsApp users to turn off read receipts ever since it was acquired by Meta and later by Facebook in 2014.

Furthermore, Meta has also collaborated with WhatsApp to extend the end-to-end encryption it uses on WhatsApp to other messaging platforms, including ones which are under Meta’s jurisdiction.

The business intends to add default end-to-end encryption to Instagram direct messages after the company integrates this functionality with Messenger and completes the integration of this functionality with Messenger.

In an announcement in August, Meta declared that end-to-end encryption would be made a standard feature of Messenger by the beginning of 2024. 

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