PARIS, August 29 (Benin News/EP) –
instagram denied that the app was able to share the precise location of its iOS device users due to a recent update to its service, following a viral post claiming so.
Over the past few days, several platform users have shared a message alerting iPhone users that the new version of Instagram could share the exact location where they are. if they posted messages with the tag “Location”.
So instead of indicating a general location, such as a park, the app was able to indicate the specific location where the device, and therefore the user, was located.
Not only would this go against the privacy principles of the platform, but it would also allow would provide information to criminals as thieves, spies or stalkers, according to these viral posts.
To clarify the situation, the CEO of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, recalled via Twitter that “geolocation services are a…”. device settingsnot a new feature” of the social network.
In doing so, he insisted that the platform does not share location with others and directed Twitter users to a thread on Instagram Commswhich explains how this precise location mode works.
First, the social network said that, like other social networks, it uses location services “for things like location beacons and location services.” characteristics of cartography.
In doing so, he reminded that users have the possibility to mark the places in their positions on a voluntary basis if they wish to share this information.