You Can Now Share Instagram Stories with Only Your Closest Friends

Instagram now lets you choose who can — and can’t — see your Stories

Instagram Unveils 'Close Friends' Feature: How to Use It

Instagram has launched a new feature dubbed "Close Friends" that lets users share their stories with a smaller group of people.

Instagram Stories is getting a bit more private today, for users who want to be. So if you're in a blog post, webpage, email or some other platform, we can link directly to that story. To access the feature, go to your profile in the Instagram app and select "Close Friends List" in the side menu. Nobody can request to be added to your list, which also only you can see. From then on, you can choose to share any given Story only with those folks, potentially allowing you to be more open than you'd be if they were visible to the teeming masses.

Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks.

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The update is likely to further complicate the already high-stakes social dynamics of Instagram accounts, particularly for teens, which popularized the "finsta" phenomenon in the first place. The idea is people may feel more comfortable sharing some things with just close friends, rather than all followers.

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