Instagram now allows users to select up to four pronouns

Instagram now allows users to select up to four pronouns
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Instagram users will now be able to list their preferred pronouns on their profiles, with the image-sharing app allowing for up to four pronouns to be displayed, it announced this week.

Users can change pronouns at any time and can also set it up so only followers can see theirs. If a user is under 18 years old, then pronouns will be hidden from nonfollowers as a default.

"We are giving people more tools to express themselves on Instagram," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told Mashable. "Sharing pronouns has been widely adopted by our community, and with this feature we hope to normalize the adoption further."


Users can add pronouns by clicking "Edit Profile;" Under the space where their name is entered, there is now one for pronouns to be added. By clicking on the space, users can pick from a wide variety of pronouns including he, she, they, ze and xe.

"The new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more," Instagram said.

The pronouns that can be chosen are limited to a set list. Mashable reported finding 41 options.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was one of the groups that Instagram consulted with when creating this feature, Mashable reports.