Instagram users say they’re being bombarded with Broadcast Channel notifications – here’s how to turn them off on your smartphone
- Broadcast channels allow creators to keep their fans up to date with exclusive news
- There’s an easy way to rid your smartphone of annoying notifications: here’s how
Frustrated users have criticized Instagram’s new broadcast channels, as many claim they are being bombarded with countless notifications.
Complaints have flooded social media over the past 48 hours since Meta launched its new content creation tool in Britain.
Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Bartlett and Shakira are among the countless celebrities who use these channels as an informal way to keep their followers up to date with exclusive news.
But the feature generated so many notifications that some Instagrammers initially thought they were being targeted by spambots.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to rid your smartphone of annoying notifications. Here you can read how.
Broadcast channels allow creators on Instagram to keep their fans up to date with exclusive news
“I thought I was the only one getting bombarded with all those Instagram broadcast channels, imagine, I thought they were spambots at first,” one Instagrammer wrote on X.
Another added: “Stop inviting me to your broadcast channels on Instagram because of (oh my days),” as someone else echoed: “STOP inviting me to join your broadcast channels on Instagram.”
One user also wrote: ‘Apparently the new spam craze is Instagram accounts (or bots) inviting you to join their broadcast channel, wishing there was a way to deny them en masse or automatically deny them.’
While Broadcast Channels launched in Britain on Tuesday, they are being used by select US creators as early as February.
Creators typically send invites to their entire follower list, giving users direct access to their channel pages.
“We’re testing additional features like the ability for creators to use question prompts to collect feedback and answers from followers and a dedicated ‘Channels’ tab in the inbox so people can easily access their connected channels and discover new ones,” said a statement from Instagram. say.
‘We’re exploring new options to help creators manage and promote their broadcast channels, such as setting an expiration date and time on their channel, adding a moderator to help manage members, posts and content, and sharing a link or even an example to Stories to encourage followers to participate.’
Complaints have flooded social media over the past 48 hours after Meta launched its new content creation tool in Britain
However, if the notifications are too much, Instagram thankfully gives users the option to turn them off.
To do this on a smartphone, go to your Instagram profile page and tap the three straight lines in the top right corner.
Tap ‘Settings & Privacy’ and a small menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.
This will take you to a new page where you can tap the ‘Notifications’ tab before tapping ‘Messages & Calls’.
Here you can see a full list of Instagram features that send notifications. Broadcast Channel invitations and messages should be fourth and fifth on the list.
Creators have the ability to send videos, texts and even voice notes to their fans through their broadcast channels, while also producing polls to crowdsource feedback
Fortunately, if the notifications become too much, Instagram gives users the option to turn them off
This displays ‘On’ and ‘Off’ options so users can switch preferences at their convenience.
If you want to opt out of notifications altogether, you can also tap “Pause All” in the notifications menu.
Those who want some quiet time can also opt for ‘Silent Mode’, which automatically mutes notifications at night or during moments of focus.
Instagram has been contacted for comment.