While social media users often add their preferred pronouns to their profile bios, Instagram is now giving pronouns a dedicated space.
Add pronouns to your profile
The new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more. pic.twitter.com/02HNSqc04R
— Instagram (@instagram) May 11, 2021
When the feature is available, users will be able to go to their profile, tap the Edit Profile button and then tap Pronouns.
“Starting today, we’re giving people more ways to express themselves on Instagram,” the company said on its own app. “You can add up to four pronouns and can edit or remove them at any time.”
Users will be able to select a pronoun from a select list once they start typing. Through testing, Mashable found 41 options on the current list and said the company consulted with various LGBTQ organisations when compiling the list. This is presumably to avoid potential abuse of the field.
Instagram also said in a tweet that it intends to add more options and users will also be able to submit a request for pronouns that aren’t currently available.
The feature, which is completely optional, will also allow users to hide their pronouns from anyone who isn’t following them, which will be the default setting for anyone under 18.
Last month, professional networking platform LinkedIn launched a similar feature in Ireland. Users can now avail of an optional field at the top of their profiles that allows them to add their gender pronouns.
The latest Instagram feature, which aims to encourage inclusivity, follows another feature last month, aimed at reducing online abuse.
In April, the company announced a new tool, which allows users to filter out abusive direct messages from other users they do not follow.
When switched on, the filter scans direct messages for common offensive words, phrases and emojis that can be selected by the user.
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