Instagram is working to prevent profiles from being watched by the web browser or by websites and applications that act as stalkers. To this end, the platform began to adopt this week a new system that only releases content viewing by the browser after confirming login with an account. The initiative should disrupt the lives of users who used the procedure to push other people's posts.
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Blocking access to photos and videos on a profile right away. The restriction only appears after viewing some posts. Then a login screen is displayed, preventing browser browsing without an account being logged in. Previously, users found no impediment to stalkear profiles in this way. In addition, this was the method used by services and applications that offer the ability to access content without being identified.
In a note, a Facebook spokesman – the company owning Instagram – revealed to Mashable that the initiative aims to protect members' privacy and expand the network of users. "This helps people see photos and can help them understand that they can get a better Instagram experience by being part of the community." Remember that change only affects private profiles, as private accounts can only be accessed by your followers.
Lock for content preview when accessing Instagram using mobile browser Photo: Playback / Marvin Costa
This is not the first to Instagram that affects stalkers. In addition to ending the likes count, the platform removed the following tab, which allowed tracking the interaction of friends with other users, a way, until then, native to "push" people on the network.
With over a billion users, Instagram is trying to expand its growth and impact its advertising business. There is even an expectation that the photo network could double the amount of advertising within the app to achieve performance similar to Facebook, which is still the main source of business income.
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