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Technology Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones

14:15  31 october  2019
14:15  31 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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A new app is looking to revive one of the creepiest Instagram's features, and encouraging people to spy on their significant others through social media. Critics said the app resembles stalkerware with what it's offering.

a close up of a screen: Instagram said it's sent a cease-and-desist to Like Patrol. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Instagram said it's sent a cease-and-desist to Like Patrol. James Martin/CNET

In early October, Instagram killed off its "Following" tab, which told people what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with. It would let you know whose posts they liked, and comments they left on other people's feeds. The tab was widely regarded as a stalking tool.

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Like Patrol, which quietly launched on the iOS Store in July, doesn't just want to bring back that social media surveillance, it wants to amplify it. "Think the defunct 'Following' Tab, on steroids," Sergio Luis Quintero, the app's founder, said in an email.

It won't be around much longer. Instagram said Like Patrol's developers were violating its rules and has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company. The Facebook-owned social network has frequently dealt with third-parties scraping people's data without their consent.

"Scraping violates our policies and we take action against companies who we find to be engaging in it. Like Patrol was scraping people's data so we are taking appropriate enforcement action against them," a Facebook spokesperson said.

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Apps such as Like Patrol represent just one of the more basic ways that technology has helped people stalk others. Stalkerware apps are often used in abusive relationships, where they can track and send location data, contacts, call logs and messages to attackers. Like Patrol isn't stalkerware, but it borders on it by encouraging people to use technology to closely monitor a person's social media activities.

a close up of a screen: Instagram said it's sent a cease-and-desist to Like Patrol.© James Martin/CNET

Instagram said it's sent a cease-and-desist to Like Patrol.

"It's monitoring a person's activities, compiling it and sending it as a report," said Wendy Zamora, editor-in-chief of cybersecurity company Malwarebytes.

Like Patrol's founder argues that the information it's scraping is public data. Private detectives often spy on social media feeds to collect data on people, and law enforcement will go undercover on Facebook to surveill groups. Like Patrol wants average people to aim that watchful eye on their own relationships. On its website, the company wrote, "New guy? New girl? What are they up to on Instagram?"

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Like Patrol promises to send notifications any time someone you're following likes a post or comments. It breaks the information down by gender, and provides people with a list of who this person interacts with the most on Instagram. It even claims to have an algorithm to point out whenever a person likes posts from attractive people.

Facebook also said it's banned Like Patrol from Facebook and Instagram. It's also reviewing other apps from the same developer.

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Instagram didn't invent spying on your significant other, but its Following tab, which started as a feature in 2011, helped normalize it, said Jennifer Grygiel, an assistant professor at Syracuse University who studies social media.

Getting rid of the Following tab didn't get rid of people's insecurities and jealous behavior. And its void inspired apps such as Like Patrol to step in and ramp up surveillance.

"Facebook built this culture. The apps are just serving the wants of the public that were groomed on it," Grygiel said.

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When Instagram got rid of the Following tab, it also took away data points that Like Patrol relied on. In response, Quintero said the team developed its own algorithm to navigate Instagram and the people you follow, scraping data from their likes and comments and organizing it in one place.

The app is looking to profit off of people's insecurities, by charging subscription fees for the service so people can continue spying on Instagram. It costs $2.99 for a weekly subscription, and $79.99 for a year-long plan. Quintero said there are fewer than 300 people signed up.

You don't have to consent to be followed by the app; anyone can use Like Patrol and get notifications on your every move as long as they are following you on Instagram. While you can keep your account private or block people on Instagram, Like Patrol does not tell people when they are being tracked through its app.

Quintero defended his app, and said that it would actually improve relationships and privacy by pushing people away from using Instagram.

"Our hope in the medium to long term is if enough people know of our existence they may think twice about behaving improperly," he said.

Critics said the app would instead foster surveillance in relationships, and could end up making things worse in abusive relationships.

"When you talk about it in the context of domestic abuse, this could light fires for people who are using social media as a form of control," Zamora said. "This could potentially enrage somebody to be making mountains out of molehills."

Apple pulls app that let you stalk people you follow on Instagram .
The potentially creepy app was called Like PatrolAt the end of October, Instagram sent a cease-and-desist letter to Like Patrol, an app described by its maker as the Following tab “on steroids,” and on Saturday, Apple reportedly removed it from its iOS marketplace entirely.

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