Instagram is now even more of a stalker’s paradise.
Everyone’s favorite photo and video sharing app has just added an “Activity Status” that lets all your friends and followers “see when you were last active” on the app, just like on Facebook Messenger. Creeeeeeeepy!
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When you open up Instagram Direct, the messaging section of the app, you’ll now see it shows whether your friends are “active” on the app or when they were last active on it.
For Instagram stalkers — don’t pretend like you don’t do it — this is change that’ll let you keep even closer tabs on who is and isn’t ignoring you on the app.
Did your crush just read your DM (you’ll know because it says “seen” underneath the message) and not respond? Well, by default, you can now see if they’re really ghosting you or not. The new Activity Status is enough to give Instagram addicts even more anxiety.
So Instagram got its own version of “last seen” called “activity status”
So mans can see when you’re ignoring his DMs ?
RT to save a life.
— Logan (@Razeen_21) January 18, 2018
Instagram need to calm down with their activity status bullshit like I don’t have enough people crying already over me not responding now you’re baiting my life out even more
— ZAKS (@zakssssx) January 18, 2018
This activity status thing on instagram is deffo gonna increase the abusive messages girls get off lads for ignoring their weird selves?
— ash✨ (@ashleigh_fearn) January 18, 2018
If you think this new Activity Status is a step too far, you’re not alone. Needless to say, there are are a lot of pissed and annoyed Insta users:
This new activity status shit on instagram is stupid. They are doing too much
— Brax (@braxattacks) January 18, 2018
Fortunately, there’s a way to stop this creepy activity broadcasting: Go Instagram’s app settings (the gear icon) inside of your profile, and then toggle off the “Show Activity Status.”
“When this is turned off, you won’t be able to see the activity status of other accounts.”
As Instagram becomes ever more popular, it’s also becoming more and more like Facebook, and that’s, to be honest, kind of scary. The reason why Instagram was great was because it wasn’t Facebook. It didn’t have creepy activity status trackers.
But now that it does, it might be time to consider deleting Instagram off your phone, just like people are doing with the Facebook app.
deleting Instagram is the new deleting Facebook
— Pete Pachal (@petepachal) January 17, 2018