Instagram just made stalking harder

Instagram just made stalking harder

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12 July 2022 9:33PM

Instagram is getting rid of its Following tab, which has become widely known as a creepy stalking tool. 

The feature had been intended to help users find cool new accounts to follow, but has raised privacy concerns over the dodgey ways some people use it.

Jealous partners and ex-partners can monitor what accounts you've started following and whose photos you've liked, among other problematic uses of the feature.

But starting this week, the heart tab will display only a user's own Instagram activity (sigh), while the Search & Explore will introduce potential new accounts to follow as the Following tab had been intended.

Instagram says the feature they're killing isn't very popular and many users didn't even know it existed.

"People didn't always know that their activity is surfacing," Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product, told BuzzFeed News.

Instagram initially tested removing the Following tab for some users in August, which triggered a Reddit thread complaining about a perceived bug.

So say bye-bye to those stalking habits we know and love.