Because Instagram doesn’t want you to have to offend the friends you dislike the most on Instagram by unfollowing them, you can now mute them instead. Like Facebook has done for a while, you can follow someone on Instagram and mute them, to never be bothered by their obnoxious wannabe-life-inspiring quote posts ever again.
To mute an account, you’ll simply tap on the menu button in a corner of a post from someone you want to mute and then choose the “Mute” option. From that point forward, you’ll still be following them, still be able to see photos on their profile page, and get notified of comments or posts that you are tagged in, but their posts won’t hit your feed. If you want, you can unmute at any time.
You can mute posts and stories as well.
This change will rollout to your phone over the coming weeks.