Instagram prohibits an app that allows users to stalk social media activities from loved ones and important others, the report said
- Instagram says it will ban an app that is used to stalk users
- Like Patrol lets people follow the likes, comments and more of other users
- The app violates the rules of Instagram for scraping content from the platform
Instagram prohibits an app that they say is used to stalk users on its platform.
According to a report from CNET, the platform has sent a cease-command to the developers of an app called & # 39; Like Patrol & # 39; that appeared in Apple's App Store.
With the app, those who downloaded it were able to scrape information from Instagram about the activity of other users, including messages they liked and what comments they left on whose feed.
Like Patrol, users essentially provide a report of someone else's activity by following them on the Instagram app.
Like Patrol attracts the anger of Instagram after bypassing the rules of the platform about scraping data about users
This month Instagram has in particular the & # 39; Follow & # 39; removed from the app, allowing users to see information about likes and follow, which means that the functions of Like Patrol are now a direct bypass.
Following CNET's investigation, Instagram is reportedly in the process of closing the app and citing the policies that prohibit any app that deletes its data.
& # 39; Scraping violates our policies and we take action against companies that we believe are involved & # 39 ;, a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.
& # 39; As Patrol scraped people's data, we are taking appropriate enforcement measures against them. & # 39;
Like Patrol, users have been charged for its service – $ 2.99 for a weekly subscription and $ 80 for an entire year. CNET reports that fewer than 300 people have actually registered for the app.
In October, Instagram removed the following tab, a feature that had been around for more than ten years and attempted to simplify the app.
Instagram has made a number of changes to its platform that is designed to make it easier to use and less harmful to mental health
& # 39; People didn't always know their activity was surfacing & # 39 ;, Vishal Shah, main product from Instagram, told Buzzfeed this month.
& # 39; So you have a case where it does not serve the use case for which you built it, but it also causes people to be surprised when their activity pops up. & # 39;
Instagram has tested a similar update with which only the original poster could see how many likes an image had received.
Another feature being tested introduces a & # 39; nudge & # 39; feature that appears when someone is about to post a comment that the app finds to be harmful.
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