Instagram refutes claims that users’ location is shared with followers

Instagram photo and video sharing platform CEO Adam Mosseri and his social media team have refuted claims that their app tracks location data and shares it with followers looking for your location. exact.

According to GSM Arena, a viral post claimed “a recent iOS update” has ensured that “people can now find your exact location from Instagram.” This prompted several people to go into their phone’s Instagram app settings and turn off location permissions for the app.

Instagram’s Comms Twitter posted a viral message, clarifying Instagram’s policies on location data. They wrote: “People can manage location services through their device settings and tag locations on their posts if they wish to share this information.”

In another tweet, they added: “To be clear, we do not share your location with others. Like other social media companies, we use accurate location for things like location beacons and map features.”

Other than that, Mosseri explained that Instagram’s device location powers location beacon features, but the app won’t track a user’s location with other people.

A viral Instagram post is not always the best place to find reliable information, verifying this information is vital. The original post never mentioned whether such a location feature was Instagram’s doing, but instead referred to a baseless “recent iOS update,” according to GSM Arena.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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