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Instagram refutes claims that users' location is shared with followers

By Shgun S -- August 28, 2022 4:14 pm -- Updated:August 28, 2022 4:16 pm

Washington (US), August 28: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and its social media team have denied reports that their app tracks location data and shares it with followers looking for your exact location.

According to GSM Arena, a viral tweet stated that "a recent iOS update" has made it so that "people can now find your exact location from Instagram".

Several people were advised to go into their phone's Instagram app settings and disable the app's location rights permissions. Instagram's Comms Twitter responded to the viral post and clarified what Instagram's policies on location data are.

"People can manage Location Services via their device settings, and tag locations on their posts if they want to share that information," they said.

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"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," they added in another tweet.

Aside from that, Mosseri explained that while Instagram device location drives location tag features, the app would not share a user's location with others.

A viral Instagram post isn't always the greatest location to find reliable information; verification is essential. According to GSM Arena, the original post never indicated whether such a location feature was created by Instagram, instead referring to "a recent iOS upgrade" with no justification.

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-PTC News with ANI inputs

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