According to a social media post, Meta-owned Instagram declares that it can track your exact location. It can also share your location with your other followers. As per this post, the latest iOS update allows users to find your exact location, enabling cybercriminals to stalk users on Instagram.
Recently, Instagram CEO Adam Moseri responded to this viral post. He disagreed with this un-proven news surfacing the internet regarding location-tracking and sharing it with followers. According to the CEO, the location services are a device setting and not a feature from Instagram. “We don’t share your location with other people”, he states.
Moseri’s Twitter posts states, “Wanted to share this thread for clarity. Location Services is a device setting on your phone, not a new feature from Instagram, and it powers things like location tags. We don’t share your location with other people”.
Moseri has also shared a thread post by Instagram Comms- the official Twitter handle of Instagram’s PR team.
The post says, “To be clear, we don’t share your location with others. Similar to other social media companies, we use a precise location for things like location tags and maps features”. “People can manage Location Services via their device settings, and tag locations on their posts if they want to share that information”, it further adds.
Recently, an ex-Google engineer declared that most probably, Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram apps are tracking their users’ online activity. Felix Krause, a researcher examined the iOS app of Instagram and Facebook where he discovered that both these apps can track online activity using the in-app browser to open third-party links, rather than using Apple’s built-in Safari browser.
Almost all of the apps use the default browser on iOS- Safari to access the third-party links. However, Facebook and Instagram do not lead them to their default browser. They use custom built-in browsers when users visit webpages via clicking on a link in the iOS app instead. This lets the host app (Instagram and Facebook) be able to ‘track every single interaction with external websites, from all form inputs like passwords and addresses to every single tap’.