Why Instagram’s ‘shady’ new privacy settings could help users cheat on their partners without getting caught: ‘This app doesn’t care about you’
Instagram has been slammed for testing a new update which could help users cheat on their partners.
This week the Meta-owned app began testing an option that allows users to hide who can see what they ‘like’.
The update was rolled out to a small group including British social media expert Matt Navarra, who on Monday uploaded a screenshot to X (formerly Twitter) showing how Instagram had announced its new change.
Navarra wrote: ‘Instagram is testing option to HIDE your ‘like’ activity. You would be able to select which audience can see likes you’ve made on posts and reels e.g. everyone, people you follow only, close friends only, or no one.’
Australian radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, 48, has since slammed the update, calling it ‘shady as [f**k]’ on Tuesday during a segment on The Kyle And Jackie O show.
Henderson pointed out that if someone ‘likes’ another person’s post, it could be evidence they are speaking to them privately.
‘Let’s say your boyfriend really wants to kind of slide into some girl’s DM [direct messages]. There’s evidence there, you know, like a little bit of evidence. There is a trail,’ she said.
She noted hiding this information could help users keep their online flirtations a secret.
‘You can start going on a spree of ‘likes’ with bikini models that you’re trying to crack on to, you can comment about how fire they are, [and] nobody will see except the bikini model you’re targeting,’ she lamented.
‘I’m trying to imagine how this isn’t invented for any other reason just to be shady,’ she added.
Henderson’s co-host Kyle Sandilands, 52, had similar thoughts, telling her ‘I think you’re right. There is no other purpose unless a man is trying not to get busted from his missus.’
Sandilands later accused Instagram of being driven by the desire to increase user engagement, rather than considering the ramifications.
‘That’s what it is right at the end of the day. They don’t really care about you.’