This new Instagram feature is super creepy

Ruben Ruiz
January 21, 2018

It allows people you follow or have previously chatted with to see how long ago you were last on Instagram.

Instagram now shows users when people they follow or those they've chatted with were last active on the social media site.

But Instagram has now made a decision to follow in the footsteps of Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger by adding a feature that tells friends when you were last online checking out some flawlessly filtered salads. You should keep in mind that toggling it off will mean that you won't be able to see when others were last hanging around Instagram either. In the settings menu, they can then toggle off the "Show Activity Status" option. "Activity status only appears in the Direct inbox, and you can control the visibility of your Activity status in Settings".

We can imagine scenarios where this feature might get people in trouble or cause hard feelings: If someone DMs you, for instance, and you don't respond right away, but they can see you're using the app, they might jump to the conclusion that you don't want to talk to them.

Open Instagram and click your picture in the bottom right to bring up your profile.

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We've asked Instagram for comment on whether it thinks the feature should be turned on by default, and how it plans to address users' privacy concerns.

While the feature is a good way to know if friends are online, the idea of it sounds creepy to others.

Facebook Stories, a separate Messenger app, etc., are some of the irritating features that nobody asked from Facebook. This new feature is added to the latest updates for both the app's iOS as well as Android versions.

When checking the profile of someone you don't follow, but who follows you, Instagram now shows a "Follow Back" option instead of the simple "Follow".

The app was last updated on January 16, but the recent feature showed up on Thursday.

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